Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Liliales

Colchicaceae - Flame lily family

La Croix, I. (2009) Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Maroyi, A (2002) Colchicaceae in Zimbabwe Kirkia 18(1) 1-10

Description of the family

Rootstock a corm, rarely a tuber. Leaves few and mainly basal or borne on leafy, sometimes branched, stems. Flowers solitary or in racemes, actinomorphic, bisexual. Perianth in two whorls of 3, connate at the base or free. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit usually a septicidal capsule. Seeds glabrous.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 165 species, Australia and South Africa to Western Europe and Western Asia.

Zambia: 7 genera and 10 taxa.

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GenusContent
Androcymbium Willd.Description, Image
Camptorrhiza Hutch.Image
Gloriosa L.Description
Iphigenia KunthDescription
Littonia Hook.Description
Ornithoglossum Salisb.Description
Wurmbea Thunb.Description

Other sources of information about Colchicaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Colchicaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Malawi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Colchicaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Colchicaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Colchicaceae
Wikipedia: Colchicaceae


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Colchicaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=58, retrieved 22 October 2019

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