Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Dioscoreales


Cheek, M. (2009) Burmanniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Small perennial, usually partly saprophytic herbs. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth 6-lobed, fused at base into a 3-winged tube. Stamens 3-6. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a 3-winged capsule.

Worldwide: 16 genera and 160 species, mainly tropical but occurring north to Japan and eastern USA and south to New Zealand.

Malawi: 3 genera and 3 taxa.

Burmannia madagascariensis

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Afrothismia Schltr.Description
Burmannia L.Description, Image
Gymnosiphon BlumeDescription

Other sources of information about Burmanniaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Burmanniaceae
Flora of Zambia: Burmanniaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Burmanniaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Burmanniaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=39, retrieved 27 March 2023

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