Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales


Cowley, E.J. & Brummitt, R.K. (2001) Tecophilaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3)

Description of the family

Tuberous herbs, glabrous. Leaves spirally arranged on erect stems (cauline, in Walleria), or arising directly from the topmost of a vertical stack of tubers or corms (basal, in Cyanastrum). Flowers bisexual, hypogynous; perianth segments 6, pale blue or occasionally white, stamens 6. Capsule 3-lobed.

Comment: In Zambia 2 genera and 3 taxa, a third genus (Kabuya) in Mozambique.

Worldwide: 8 genera and 26 species, Turkey to Central Asia, Africa, South America, north to California.

Zambia: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

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Cyanastrum Oliv.Description
Walleria J. KirkDescription

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tecophilaeaceae
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tecophilaeaceae
Wikipedia: Tecophilaeaceae
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Tropicos: Tecophilaeaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Tecophilaeaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=216, retrieved 27 May 2024

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