Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Alliaceae - Onion family

Chase, M.W., Reveal, J.L. & Fay, M.J. (2009) A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 132-136

Kativu, S. (2002) Alliaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 18(1) 72-76

Kativu, S. (2008) Alliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1)

Description of the family

Rootstock a bulb or rhizome. Plants sometimes smelling strongly of onion. Flowers in umbels, subtended by a spathe. Perianth segments fused into a tube below, 6-lobed and sometimes with a corona at the mouth of the tube (Tulbaghia). Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule. Seeds flattened, black, shiny.

Comment: Now included as subfamily Allioideae in family Amaryllidaceae.

Worldwide: 30 genera and 850 species, cosmopolitan, excluding Australia.

Malawi: 0 genera and 0 taxa.

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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: Alliaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=6, retrieved 11 December 2023

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