Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Hyacinthaceae

Stedje, B. (1996) Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the family

Herbs with bulbs. Leaves in a basal rosette from the apex of the bulb (in Bowiea and Schizobasis, leaves 0 or much reduced), with or without spots, sometimes papillose or hairy. Inflorescence a raceme or spike on a leafless peduncle (but in Bowiea and Schizobasis much-branched and complex). Flowers greenish to white or yellowish, purplish to purple or blue, often with a green or dark midrib. Perianth segments 6, free or fused into a tube. Ovary superior, 3-locular, with 1-many ovules per loculus. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds black, sometimes winged.

Worldwide: 41 genera and 770 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially Mediterranean region and South Africa.

Malawi: 10 genera and 16 taxa.

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GenusContent
Albuca L.Description
Bowiea Harv. ex Hook. f.Description
Dipcadi Medik.Description
Drimia Jacq. ex Willd.Description
Eucomis L'Hér.Description
Ledebouria RothDescription
Merwilla Speta
Ornithogalum L.Description
Schizocarphus Van der MerweDescription
Urginea Steinh.Description

Other sources of information about Hyacinthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hyacinthaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Hyacinthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hyacinthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Hyacinthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hyacinthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hyacinthaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Hyacinthaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=101, retrieved 18 August 2019

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