Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Eriospermaceae

Perry, P.L. (1994) A revision of the genus Eriospermum (Eriospermaceae) Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium, no. 17 University of Cape Town

Perry, P.L. (2010) Eriospermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) 1-13

Description of the family

Perennial herbs, with one or more tubers. Leaves 1 to several, present at flowering time or appearing after flowering; lamina linear to lanceolate, ovate or circular, with a distinct petiole-like base. Peduncle erect, unbranched. Inflorescence a simple raceme. Pedicels articulated at apex. Flowers actinomorphic. Tepals (in ours) ± equal in size and shape, mainly whitish to yellow. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Capsule emarginate, loculicidally dehiscent, 3-valved. Seeds covered in long white silky hairs.

Worldwide: 1 genus and c.100 species in subsaharan Africa.

Zambia: 1 genus and 5 taxa.

Eriospermum flagelliforme

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Eriospermum Jacq. ex Willd.Image

Other sources of information about Eriospermaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Eriospermaceae
Flora of Malawi: Eriospermaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Eriospermaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eriospermaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eriospermaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Eriospermaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=84, retrieved 28 March 2017

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