FZ.56. Ansellia Lindl.

Description of the genus

Stout, epiphytic herb with spreading roots from which arise many erect bristly, litter-gathering roots. Pseudobulbs clustered, fusiform, ribbed, cane-like, several-noded, leafy towards the apex. Leaves large, plicate. Inflorescence a many-flowered, axillary panicle. Flowers yellow, heavily or lightly (rarely not at all) blotched red-brown. Sepals and petals ± similar, spreading. Lip 3-lobed, with 2-3 central longitudinal keels. Column with 4 pollinia.

Derivation of name: for John Ansell (?-1847), British gardener for the Royal Horticultural Society and plant collector.

Worldwide: 1 species in tropical and southern Africa.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Ansellia africana

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africana Lindl.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ansellia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ansellia
Flora of Caprivi: Ansellia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ansellia
Flora of Mozambique: Ansellia
Flora of Zambia: Ansellia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ansellia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ansellia

External websites:

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

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: Ansellia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=456, retrieved 15 July 2024

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