Family: Asparagaceae/Hyacinthaceae

Genera from this family dealt with in this forum include:
Daubenya
Desertia
Lachenalia
Massonia
Namophila
Whiteheadia
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  • Daubenya
    Daubenya Lindl. was until recently thought to comprise the single species D. aurea Lindl. but is now considered to include the monotypic genera Androsiphon Schltr. and Amphisiphon W.F.Barker. as well as the species previously referred to the genus Neobakeria Schltr. Eight species are now recognized in the genus, including the new combinations Daubenya comata (Burch, ex Baker) J.C.Manning & A.M.van der Merwe and D. zeyheri (Kunth) J.C.Manning & A.M.van der Merwe.
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    Mon May 16, 2016 10:04 pm
  • Desertia
    Desertia differs from Whiteheadia (W. bifolia) and Massonia by the papillose bracts and subcampanulate flowers with straight, suberect or slightly spreading free portion of tepals and the sinuous-rugose seeds.
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    Thu May 19, 2016 3:52 pm
  • Lachenalia
    Lachenalia is a genus of bulbs in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae, which are usually found in Namibia and South Africa. Most of these plants have a dormancy period, and the new roots of these plants grow each year.
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    Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:55 am
  • Massonia
    Massonia grows from underground bulbs whose outer tunic is pale brown and papery or leathery. Two relatively broad leaves appear at the same time as the flowers, spreading out on either side, sometimes lying flat on the ground. The flowers are borne in a raceme, which may be short and held at ground level. There may be a "tuft" of green bracts at the top of the inflorescence. Individual flowers are pale in colour, white, or with green, yellow or pink tones. They are bell-shaped or somewhat tubular, with the tepals joined at the base forming a short or long tube. The stamens are more-or-less erect, with their filaments joined to the end of the tube formed by the tepals and also to each other, forming a small cup. The seeds are dull black.
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    Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:06 pm
  • Namophila
    Namophila urotepala grows from an underground bulb, which has a dark brown papery tunic. The bulb produces only two somewhat succulent leaves which spread out on the ground on either side. The flowers are produced in a several-flowered raceme borne on a very short stem so that the inflorescence is at ground level. At the top of the inflorescence is a tuft of bracts. Individual flowers are more-or-less upright, bell-shaped with fused greenish-white tepals which end in a thin "tail". The stamens are also more-or-less upright, with their filaments joined to the mouth of the tubular part of the tepals. The fruiting capsule remains enclosed in the tepals. The black seeds are somewhat globular.
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    Thu May 19, 2016 2:38 pm
  • Whiteheadia
    Whiteheadia is a one-species genus in the family Hyacinthaceae.
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    Last post Whiteheadia bifolia - pictures
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    Thu May 19, 2016 4:14 pm
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