904.000 Cyanotis D. Don

Description of the genus

Succulent perennials or (rarely) annuals, with bulbs, corms, rhizomes or tubers and often with separate fertile and sterile shoots. Inflorescences composed of cymes, each cyme subtended by a spathe, consisting of 2-ranked sessile or subsessile flowers and usually conspicuous herbaceous bracteoles. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual. Calyx tubular below. Corolla with a short tube, 3 lobes blue, purple or pink. Stamens 6, equal, all fertile. Ovary 3-locular. Capsule narrowly ovoid.

Worldwide: 50 species, in the Old World tropics

Malawi: 6 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Estigmene linea (Streaked ermine)
Cyanotis longifolia

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
axillaris (L.) Sweet
barbata D.DonDescription, Image
foecunda Hassk.?Description, Image
lanata Benth.Description, Image
longifolia Benth.N,C,SDescription, Image
speciosa (L.f.) Hassk. subsp. speciosa Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cyanotis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cyanotis
Flora of Caprivi: Cyanotis
Flora of Mozambique: Cyanotis
Flora of Zambia: Cyanotis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyanotis

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Cyanotis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=320, retrieved 23 January 2020

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