1229.000 Curculigo Gaertn.

Description of the genus

Herbaceous geophytes with a fibrous base and with a rhizome. Leaves basal, sessile, plicate, with a sheathing base; outermost reduced to cataphylls. Indumentum of 2-armed or stellate hairs. Inflorescences borne near the base. Flowers with ovary hidden within the sheathing leaf bases; the perianth, stigma and anthers borne well above the ovary on an elongated narrow tube (the perianth tube). Perianth lobes yellow. Fruit fleshy and indehiscent, enclosed within the leaf base remnants and bearing the persistent perianth rube. Seeds black, glossy, strophiolate.

Worldwide: 10 species in the southern hemisphere tropics

Zambia: 2 taxa.

Curculigo pilosa

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
multiflora Zimudzi subsp. minor (Guinea) Wiland WNw
pilosa (Schumach. & Thonn.) Engl.[VU]N,C,SN,McDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Curculigo:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Curculigo
Flora of Malawi: Curculigo
Flora of Mozambique: Curculigo
Flora of Zimbabwe: Curculigo
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Curculigo

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Curculigo.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=376, retrieved 15 April 2024

Site software last modified: 12 October 2020 11:16pm
Terms of use