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.

Comment: Genera included by us under Eriospermaceae are nowadays often placed together with Dracaenaceae, Ruscaceae, Nolinaceae and Covallariaceae as Subfamily Nolinoideae under Asparagaceae. However, we have followed the more traditional treatment for the time being.

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

Mozambique: 1 genus and 6 taxa.

Eriospermum mackenii subsp. phippsii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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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 Zambia: Eriospermaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eriospermaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriospermaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eriospermaceae
Wikipedia: Eriospermaceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Eriospermaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=84, retrieved 11 December 2019

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