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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Sudan to S. Africa.
Cyrtanthus contractus

[FTEA]

Amaryllidaceae, Inger Nordal (University of Oslo). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

Morphology General Habit
Slender bulbous plants, with linear to strap-shaped leaves with entire apices produced with or after the flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape hollow, with 1–few-flowered inflorescences (in East Africa) subtended by 2 free bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers tubular (not in East Africa) to funnel-shaped, regular to slightly irregular, suberect, nodding
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted in the perianth-tube, with filiform filaments and versatile anthers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 3-locular, with many superposed ovules in 2 rows in each locule; style distinctly 3-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a loculicidal capsule
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds many, black, flattened, with a wing.

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Mauritius

Cyrtanthus Aiton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Wild, H. [1452], Zimbabwe 17333.000
Chase, N.C. [1702], Zimbabwe 23560.000

First published in Hort. Kew. 1: 414 (1789)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Snijman, D.A. (2007). Notes on new and misunderstood taxa of Cyrtanthus (Amaryllidaceae: Cyrtantheae) from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Bothalia 37: 1-8.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Hort. Kew. 1: 414 (1789).
  • ―Reid & Dyer, Rev. Sthn. Afr. Cyrtanthus: 1–68 (1984).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Dyer in Herbertia 6:65 (1940)
  • Hort. Kew. 1:414 (1789)
  • Nordal in Norw. Journ. Bot. 26: 183 (1979)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0