Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Anthericaceae - Spider-lily family

Kativu, S. (1994) Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) 43-111

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjorå, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008) Anthericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1)

Description of the family

Perennial herbs with rhizomes or corms, these whitish inside. Leaves in a basal rosette, linear to lanceolate; outer cataphylls often present. Peduncle usually naked, sometimes with bract-like leaves. Inflorescence paniculate, racemose or spicate. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, actinomorphic to slightly zygomorphic; perianth segments in 2 whorls of 3 each, white or yellowish-green, often with a greenish, reddish or brownish keel. Stamens 3+3. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds black, ± glossy, without an aril.

Comment: Genera included under Anthericaceae are nowadays often placed within subfamily Agavoideae under Asparagaceae. However, we have followed the more traditional treatment for the time being.

Worldwide: 29 genera and 500 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially the tropics and Australia.

Botswana: 1 genus and 12 taxa.

Chlorophytum brachystachyum

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Chlorophytum Ker Gawl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Anthericaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Anthericaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Anthericaceae
Flora of Malawi: Anthericaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Anthericaceae
Flora of Zambia: Anthericaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Anthericaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Anthericaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Anthericaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Anthericaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Anthericaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Anthericaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Anthericaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Anthericaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Anthericaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Anthericaceae
Wikipedia: Anthericaceae
Plants of the World Online: Anthericaceae
Tropicos: Anthericaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Family page: Anthericaceae.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=13, retrieved 21 July 2024

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