Scilla L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 308 (1753), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Europe, Medit. to Iran, Tropical Africa.


Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Central European Rus, Chad, Congo, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Egypt, France, Føroyar, Gabon, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, North Caucasus, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

British Columbia, Canary Is., Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Michigan, Missouri, Netherlands, New Brunswick, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Northwest European R, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, South Australia, Tasmania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin


Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

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

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 548.
  • Sp. Pl. ed. 2: 438 (1762)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker in F.T.A. 7: 548 (1898), pro parte
  • Jessop in Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36: 240 (1970)
  • sp Pl.: 308 (1753)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1976 Sintenis, P. [180] Turkey K000464875 Type Yes
Jan 1, 1976 Sintenis, P. [180] Turkey K000464876 Type Yes
Jun 1, 1930 Rogers [25351] South Africa K000365589 Type Yes
s.coll. [6] South Africa K002791665 Yes
Hall-Martin, A.J. [1056] Malawi K002791472 Yes
Simon, B.K.; Williamson, G. [1139] Zambia K002791524 Yes
Bullock, A.A. [1332] Zambia K002791498 Yes
Kork [3] Mozambique K002791467 Yes
Hilliard; Burtt, B.L. [4344] Malawi K002791471 Yes
Biegel, H.M. [2329] Zimbabwe K002791543 Yes
Germain, R. [4441] Congo, Democratic Republic of the K:SPC-02475.000 No
Bryant, E.G. [174] South Africa K002791650 Yes
Baines, J. [410340] Mozambique K002791465 Yes
Chapman; Baines [s.n.] South Africa K002791466 Yes
Wild, H. [3150] Zambia K002791510 Yes
Ash [1878] Ethiopia K:SPC-35877.000 No
Richards, H.M. [17458] Zambia K002791523 Yes
Holub, E. [s.n.] Botswana K002791459 Yes
Gossweiler, J. [2056] Angola K002791546 Yes
Wild, H. [4158] Zimbabwe K002791478 Yes
Rogers, F.A. [14956] South Africa K002791662 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [175] South Africa K002791652 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [174] South Africa K002791656 Yes
Faulkner, H.G. [A 245] Angola K002791549 Yes
Mutimushi, J.M. [2344] Zambia K002791518 Yes
Pawek, J. [6227] Malawi K002791473 Yes
Acocks, J.P.H. [1428] South Africa K002791670 Yes
Mutimushi, J.M. [2747] Zambia K002791520 Yes
Lee Mays, S. [s.n.] Zimbabwe K002791537 Yes
Thomas, P. [s.n.] Italy K000483097 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K002791878 Yes
Hutton, H. [s.n.] South Africa K002791658 Yes
Wild, H. [3107] Zambia K002791511 Yes
Ortiz, S. [s.n.] Spain K000802733 Isotype Yes
Bowker, H. [267] South Africa K002791638 Yes
Bullock, A.A. [1275] Zambia K002791490 Yes
K:SPC-26572.000 No
Gossweiler, J. [3258] Angola K002791550 Yes
[490] Ethiopia K:SPC-06049.361 No
Bryant, E.G. [175] South Africa K002791655 Yes
Fanshawe, D.B. [F 2564] Zambia K002791495 Yes
Gairdner, A.E. (Miss) [111] Zambia K002791506 Yes
Wellan, J.A. [40293] Zimbabwe K002791482 Yes
Milne-Redhead, E.; Taylor, P. [7893A] Tanzania K:SPC-24513.000 No
Fanshawe, D.B. [F5269] Zambia K002791476 Yes
Wilms, F. [2320] South Africa K002791664 Yes
Mavi, S. [607] Zimbabwe K002791542 Yes
Macaulay (Mrs.) [1153] Zambia K002791487 Yes
Robson, N.K.B.; Angus [462] Malawi K002791474 Yes
Macaulay [s.n.] Zambia K002791504 Yes
Eyles, F. [1850] Zimbabwe K002791534 Yes
Robson, N.K.B.; Angus [462A] Malawi K002791481 Yes
Richards, H.M. (Mrs.) [2004B] Zambia K002791492 Yes
Macaulay [1098] Zambia K002791499 Yes
Miller, O.B. [8314] Zimbabwe K002791535 Yes
Barclay, C. [CB.88] K:SPC-30188.000 No
Pawek, J. [3033] Malawi K002791470 Yes
Richards, H.M. (Mrs.) [2100] Zambia K002791493 Yes
Richards, H.M. [s.n.] Zambia K002791522 Yes
Hornby, M.G. [3476] Mozambique K002791461 Yes
Christenhusz, M.J.M. [5992] Finland K001069711 Yes
Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [1025] Zambia K002791507 Yes
Meller, C.J. [s.n.] Mozambique K002791458 Yes
Robson, N.K.B. [749] Zambia K002791484 Yes
Walker, J. [2719] Zimbabwe K002791531 Yes
Gillett, J.B. [2662] South Africa K002791671 Yes
Richards, H.M. [75] Zambia K002791500 Yes
Cecil, A.M.; Baker [165] Zambia K002791533 Yes
Tanzania K:SPC-05488.000 No
Milne-Redhead, E.; Taylor, P. [7893] Tanzania K:SPC-24515.000 No
Kelly, R.D. [332] Zimbabwe K002791528 Yes
Amico, A.; Bavazzano, R. [s.n.] Mozambique K002791468 Yes
Robinson, E.A. [2509] Zambia K002791485 Yes
Bullock, A.A. [1359] Zambia K002791501 Yes
Nation, O. [351] South Africa K002791659 Yes
Swynnerton, C.F.M. [767] Zimbabwe K002791538 Yes
K:SPC-15203.000 No
Brown, R. [8721] Botswana K002791544 Yes
Wild, H. [3107] Zimbabwe K:SPC-02474.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Mozambique K002791463 Yes
Macaulay (Mrs.) [1099] Zambia K002791486 Yes
Teague, A.J. [357] Zimbabwe K002791536 Yes
Robinson, E.A. [5720] Zambia K002791521 Yes
Wild, H. [3150] Zimbabwe K:SPC-02476.000 No
Robinson, E.A. [384] Zambia K002791496 Yes
Johnson, W.P. (Archdeacon) [525] Mozambique K002791462 Yes
Richards, H.M. [2325] Zambia K002791508 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [175] South Africa K002791654 Yes
Lee Mays, S. [13836A] Zimbabwe K:SPC-04505.000 No
Macaulay (Mrs.) [1153] Zambia K002791488 Yes
Compton, R.H. [28265] South Africa K002791661 Yes
Mutimushi, J.M. [JMM 1634] Zambia K002791516 Yes
Mutimushi, J.J. [JMM1665.] Zambia K002791519 Yes
Prince, S.D. [35] Zambia K002791517 Yes
Acocks, J.P.H. [1372] South Africa K002791668 Yes
Rogers, F.A. [[4]] South Africa K002791647 Yes
Crook, A.O. [M155] Zimbabwe K002791525 Yes
Pearson, H.H.W. [3596] South Africa K002791660 Yes
Wild, H. [40284] Zimbabwe K:SPC-05483.000 No
Drummond, R.B.; Cookson, A.J. [6771] Zimbabwe K002791477 Yes
Regel, A. [s.n.] K000464923 Type Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002791879 Yes
Macaulay [980] Zambia K002791512 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Turkey K002791875 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [175] South Africa K002791648 Yes
Cruse, A.W. [403] Zambia K002791509 Yes
Jackson, G. [671] Malawi K002791480 Yes
Acocks, J.P.H. [16269] South Africa K002791663 Yes
Crook, H. [139] Lebanon K:SPC-38178.000 No
Acocks, J.P.H. [1512] South Africa K002791667 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [175] South Africa K002791653 Yes
Wild, H. [44437] Zimbabwe K:SPC-04494.000 No
Welw. [740] Angola K002791548 Yes
Wild, H. [3901] Zimbabwe K002791479 Yes
Phipps, J.B. [1482] Zimbabwe K002791483 Yes
Siame, W. [3] Zambia K002791494 Yes
Hislop, A. [12!] Zimbabwe K002791532 Yes
Goldblatt, P. [4520] Malawi K002791469 Yes
Walker, J.; [nelsen] [2780] Zimbabwe K002791530 Yes
Gossweiler, J. [2134] Angola K002791547 Yes
Mavi, S. [575] Zimbabwe K002791545 Yes
Trapnell, C.G. [CRS524] Zambia K002791514 Yes
Bryant, E.G. [174A] South Africa K002791651 Yes
Sturgeon, K.E. [30434] Zimbabwe K:SPC-04501.000 No
Hooker, J.D.; Hanbury, D. [s.n.] Syria K000802734 Type Yes
Acocks, J.P.H. [16273] South Africa K002791643 Yes
Dieterlen, M. [228] Lesotho K002791646 Yes
s.coll. [1019] Zimbabwe K002791529 Yes
Cox, J.K. [93] Ghana K:SPC-15202.000 No
Ash [410] Ethiopia K:SPC-37733.000 No
Fanshawe, D.B. [F466] Zambia K002791491 Yes
Gillett, M.C. [4606] South Africa K002791674 Yes
Bullock, A.A. [1270] Zimbabwe K002791489 Yes
Dohse, A. [293] Lesotho K002791641 Yes
Haygarth, W.; Rogers, F.A. [24628] South Africa K002791666 Yes
Robinson, E.A. [384] Zambia K002791497 Yes
Richards, M. [E] Zambia K:SPC-30529.000 No
Kelly, R.D. [131] Zimbabwe K002791527 Yes
Dieterlen, M. [228] Lesotho K002791645 Yes
Wild, H. [3542] Zimbabwe K:SPC-02467.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Botswana K002791540 Yes
Trapnell, C.G. [CRS494] Zambia K002791503 Yes
Mutimushi, J.M. [JMM 1222] Zambia K002791515 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K002791877 Yes
Williams, C. [270] Lesotho K002791640 Yes
[783] Ethiopia K:SPC-36421.000 No
Bryant, E.G. [174] South Africa K002791649 Yes
F. V. [D]. Merwe [2772] South Africa K002791644 Yes
Macaulay [1095] Zambia K002791513 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Mozambique K002791460 Yes
s.coll. [1] Mozambique K002791464 Yes
Gillett, J.B. [2723] South Africa K002791672 Yes
Gairdner, A.E. (Miss) [94] Zambia K002791505 Yes
Drummond, R.B. [5362] Zimbabwe K002791539 Yes
Galpin, E.E. [13094] South Africa K002791673 Yes
Synge, P.M. [PS/CR 9] Greece K002791805 Yes
Whellan, J.A. [44385] Zimbabwe K002791526 Yes
s.coll. [109] South Africa K002791642 Yes
Merwe, F.V.D. [2773] South Africa K002791669 Yes
Sanderson, J. [858] South Africa K002791639 Yes
Robinson, E.A. [6265] Botswana K002791541 Yes
Richards, H.M.; Richards, M. [22827] Zambia K002791502 Yes
Pearson, H.H.W. [7990] South Africa K002791657 Yes
Chionodoxa K:SPC-15154.000 No


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