Wurmbea Thunb.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Australia, New Zealand.

[FTEA]

Colchicaceae, Kim Hoenselaar. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Plants relatively small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm; stem erect, lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade, followed by a solitary basal leaf and 1–3 cauline leaves, which are basally sheathing the stem
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear or linear-filiform, semi-terete, somewhat flattened with a concave or channeled adaxial side, or flattened
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a spike, 1-many flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers stellate to campanulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments basally united in a short to long tube, spreading; nectary a variously shaped, swollen organ in the lower half of the perianth segments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted at the throat of the perianth tube; filaments filiform; anthers oblong or oblong-ellipsoid, minute, dorsifixed, versatile, dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ellipsoid, oblong to ovoid, sometimes triangular; styles 3, erect, free, short, subulate to falcate; stigma minute, persistent in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule oblong, elliptic-oblong, ovoid or obovoid, sometimes slightly triquetrous, septicidal, coriaceous; seeds subglobose, occasionally compressed or slightly angular, with an appendage or minute beak on one side.

Native to:

Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Free State, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, New South Wales, New Zealand South, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tasmania, Uganda, Victoria, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Wurmbea Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Nov. Gen. Pl. 1: 18 (1781)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 560.
  • Nov. Gen. 18 (1781)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in J.L.S. 17 (103): 435–437 (1879)
  • Nordenstam in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 36(2): 211–233 (1978)
  • Nov. Gen. Pl. 1:18, t. 1 (1781)
  • in F.T.A. 7: 560 (1898)
  • in Kubitzki, Fam. & Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 182 (1998)

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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