FZ.56. Ansellia Lindl.

Description of the genus

Stout, epiphytic herb with spreading roots from which arise many erect bristly, litter-gathering roots. Pseudobulbs clustered, fusiform, ribbed, cane-like, several-noded, leafy towards the apex. Leaves large, plicate. Inflorescence a many-flowered, axillary panicle. Flowers yellow, heavily or lightly (rarely not at all) blotched red-brown. Sepals and petals ± similar, spreading. Lip 3-lobed, with 2-3 central longitudinal keels. Column with 4 pollinia.

Derivation of name: for John Ansell (?-1847), British gardener for the Royal Horticultural Society and plant collector.

Worldwide: 1 species in tropical and southern Africa.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Ansellia africana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
africana Lindl.B,N,W,C,SNw,N,C,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ansellia:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ansellia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ansellia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ansellia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ansellia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ansellia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ansellia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Ansellia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=456, retrieved 21 September 2020

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