904.000 Cyanotis D. Don

Description of the genus

Succulent perennials or (rarely) annuals, with bulbs, corms, rhizomes or tubers and often with separate fertile and sterile shoots. Inflorescences composed of cymes, each cyme subtended by a spathe, consisting of 2-ranked sessile or subsessile flowers and usually conspicuous herbaceous bracteoles. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual. Calyx tubular below. Corolla with a short tube, 3 lobes blue, purple or pink. Stamens 6, equal, all fertile. Ovary 3-locular. Capsule narrowly ovoid.

Worldwide: 50 species, in the Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 7 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Estigmene linea (Streaked ermine) Food plant
Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arachnoidea C.B. ClarkeE,S
barbata D.DonEDescription, Image
chimanimaniensis Faden INED.[NrEnd]E
foecunda Hassk.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
lanata Benth.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
longifolia Benth.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
speciosa (L.f.) Hassk. subsp. speciosa N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cyanotis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cyanotis
Flora of Caprivi: Cyanotis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cyanotis
Flora of Malawi: Cyanotis
Flora of Mozambique: Cyanotis
Flora of Zambia: Cyanotis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyanotis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyanotis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyanotis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyanotis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cyanotis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyanotis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyanotis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis
Plants of the World Online: Cyanotis
Tropicos: Cyanotis
Wikipedia: Cyanotis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cyanotis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=320, retrieved 30 May 2024

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