1089.000 Ornithogalum L.

Description of the genus

Bulbous, perennial herbs. Leaves rosulate or distichous, 1-many. Inflorescence a terminal, simple raceme, many-few-flowered. Bracts 1 per flower, never decurrent. Perianth segments 6, free or rarely fused at base, in two subequal whorls, the inner slightly longer, spreading at least at anthesis, persistent, white, green or yellow. Stamens 6, in 2 whorls; filaments free. Ovary 3-locular; ovules few to many. Capsule loculicidal. Seeds variously shaped.

Comment: According to latest thinking the genus the genus Ornithogalum has been included in Albuca but until more is known about the species delimitations in Albuca sensu stricto and the results have been published in Flora Zambesiaca we keep the two genera as separate.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in Eurasia and Africa.

Malawi: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
flexuosum (Thunb.) U. Müll. -Doblies & D. Müll. -DobliesCDescription, Image
tenuifolium F. Delaroche subsp. tenuifolium N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ornithogalum:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Ornithogalum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=354, retrieved 23 April 2024

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