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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

[FZ]

Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs with small globose corms, aerial pans dying back annually; corm tunics membranous to fibrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves few, the lower 2–3 entirely sheathing (cataphylls); the foliage leaves lanceolate, slightly plicate, the lowermost basal and attached to the stem near ground level, the upper foliage leaves cauline and smaller.
Morphology Stem
Stem compressed and winged, unbranched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike; bracts green, fairly large.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, actinomorphic, with a long perianth tube; tepals subequal, or the uppermost tepal somewhat hooded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included in the perianth tube, unilateral and pressed against the adaxial part of the tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style included in the perianth tube, filiform, 3-branched, the branches deeply divided and recurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong, coriaceous, showing the outline of the seeds.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds several per locule, globose, hard, more or less smooth.

[FTEA]

Iridaceae, Peter Goldblatt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

Morphology General Habit
Perennial with small globose corms with membranous to fibrous tunics
Morphology Leaves
Leaves few, the lower 2-3 entirely sheathing (cataphylls); foliage leaves lanceolate, lightly plicate, only the lowermost basal and attached to the stem near ground-level, upper foliage leaves cauline and smaller
Morphology Stem
Stem compressed and winged, unbranched
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike; bracts green, fairly large
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, actinomorphic, with a long perianth-tube; tepals subequal or the dorsal somewhat hooded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included in the tube, unilateral, pressed against the adaxial part of the tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style included in the tube, filiform, 3-branched, the branches deeply divided and recurved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong, coriaceous, showing the outline of the seeds
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds several per locule, globose, hard, ± smooth
Note
Its round-based corms do not accord with the flat-based, campanulate corms with hard, often woody tunics of Lapeirousia Nevertheless, it seems most closely related to that widespread African genus. For a long time included in Lapeirousia on account of its deeply divided style-branches, the genus seems isolated taxonomically

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Savannosiphon Goldblatt & Marais appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 849 (1979 publ. 1980)

Accepted by

  • Innes, C. (1985). The World of Iridaceae: 1-407. Holly Gare International Ltd., Ashington.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 849 (1979).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 845-850 (1979)

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