Colchicaceae DC.

This family is accepted.


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

Morphology General Habit
Perrenial herbs, with a tunicated bulb-like or stoloniferous corm
Morphology Stem
Stem erect or scandent, simple or branched, sometimes almost absent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate, sometimes opposite and clustered, simple, entire, sessile, often basally sheathing the stem, the leaf apex sometimes ending in a tendril
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence an umbel, raceme, or spike, or flowers solitary, with or without bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers hypogynous, bisexual, regular, sessile or pedicillate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 6, equal, free or basally connate into a tube, sometimes with a basal nectary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens 6; filaments free or inserted at the base of the perianth segments, filiform, sometimes thickened; anthers basifixed or dorsifixed, versatile, usually dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits, sometimes latrorsely to introrsely
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Ovary superior, sessile, syncarpous, 3-locular, ovules many, placentation axile; style 1, 3-branched towards the apex, erect or bent at a right angle from the ovary, or styles 3, free, erect or recurved; stigmas 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a capsule, septicidal or loculicidal, 3-valved, coriaceous or fleshy; seeds many, (sub)globose, sometimes with a distinct raphe, sometimes red and fleshy

Colchicaceae DC. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Essai Propr. Méd. Pl. 56. 1804 (1804)

Accepted by

  • APG IV (2016)

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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