972.000 Wurmbea Thunb.

Description of the genus

Plants relatively small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm; stem erect; lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade, followed by a solitary basal leaf and 1–3 cauline leaves, which are basally sheathing the stem. Leaves linear or linear-filiform, semi-terete, somewhat flattened with a concave or channeled adaxial side, or flattened. Inflorescence a spike, 1-many flowered. Flowers stellate to campanulate. Perianth segments basally united in a tube, spreading; nectary a variously shaped, swollen organ in the lower half of the perianth segments. Ovary ellipsoid, oblong to ovoid, sometimes triangular. Capsule oblong, elliptic-oblong, ovoid or obovoid, septicidal, coriaceous; seeds subglobose, occasionally compressed or slightly angular, with an appendage or minute beak on one side.

Worldwide: 40 species in Africa (mainly the Cape) and Australia.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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tenuis (Hook. f.) Baker subsp. goetzei (Engl.) B. Nord.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Wurmbea:

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Flora of Mozambique: Wurmbea
Flora of Zambia: Wurmbea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Wurmbea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Wurmbea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Wurmbea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Wurmbea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Wurmbea
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iNaturalist: Wurmbea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Wurmbea
JSTOR Plant Science: Wurmbea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Wurmbea
Plants of the World Online: Wurmbea
Tropicos: Wurmbea
Wikipedia: Wurmbea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Wurmbea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=329, retrieved 13 April 2024

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