1089.000 Ornithogalum L.

Description of the genus

Bulbous, perennial herbs. Leaves rosulate or distichous, 1-many. Inflorescence a terminal, simple raceme, many-few-flowered. Bracts 1 per flower, never decurrent. Perianth segments 6, free or rarely fused at base, in two subequal whorls, the inner slightly longer, spreading at least at anthesis, persistent, white, green or yellow. Stamens 6, in 2 whorls; filaments free. Ovary 3-locular; ovules few to many. Capsule loculicidal. Seeds variously shaped.

Comment: According to latest thinking the genus the genus Ornithogalum has been included in Albuca but until more is known about the species delimitations in Albuca sensu stricto and the results have been published in Flora Zambesiaca we keep the two genera as separate.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in Eurasia and Africa.

Caprivi: 1 taxon.

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Flora of Botswana: Ornithogalum
Flora of Malawi: Ornithogalum
Flora of Mozambique: Ornithogalum
Flora of Zambia: Ornithogalum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ornithogalum

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ornithogalum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ornithogalum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ornithogalum
Wikipedia: Ornithogalum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ornithogalum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ornithogalum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Ornithogalum.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=354, retrieved 6 February 2023

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