963.000 Gloriosa L.

Maroyi, A. (2012) The genus Gloriosa (Colchicaceae) - ethnobotany, phylogeny and taxonomy Wageningen University, Netherlands

Description of the genus

Perennial herb, sometimes climbing or scrambling. Tubers L-shaped, the new growth from the tips of one or both lobes. Leaves cauline, ovate, alternate, less often opposite or whorled, sessile; apex attenuate into a recurved tendril. Flowers in upper part of stem on long pedicels. Perianth of 6 free, equal, ovate-acuminate, yellow to red or variously bicoloured, reflexed segments; margin sinuate or not. Filaments spreading. Ovary 3-locular with numerous ovules; style filiform, bent sharply outwards at base with 3 short arms. Capsule ovoid or cylindric, 3-valved, septicidally dehiscent. Seeds spherical, bright red.

Worldwide: c. 3 species in tropical Africa and Asia

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
sessiliflora Nordal & M.G. Bingham [LR-lc]BWDescription, Image
superba L.B,N,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Gloriosa:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Gloriosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=326, retrieved 9 December 2023

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