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1. Bellevalia Lapeyr. in J. Phys. Chim. Hist. Nat. Arts. 67: 425. 1808. Feinburn in Palest. J. Bot. Jerusalem Ser. 1(1): 42-54, (2) 131-142. 1938, (4): 336-409. 1940; Wendelbo in Notes R. B. G. Edinb. 38: 423. 1980; in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 165: 149. 1990; Speta in Kubitzki, Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 283. 1998.


Bellevalia saviczii

Credit: Abrar Ali

Bulbous, scapose perennial herbs. Bulbs with membranous brown tunic. Leaves several, all basal.Racemes 1-many with terete smooth scapes with numerous white or blue or violet flowers and often changing colour from bud to fruit. Bracts small, membranous. Pedicel straight elongated and patent in fruit. Perianth tubular, campanulate or infundibuliform, divided to 1/2 to 2/3 free lobes ± deflexed. Stamens 6, inserted at the base of the perianth lobes, anthers short, blue. Fruit triquetrous winged capsule. Seeds ± globose, pruinose rarely oblong or shiny.

A genus with c. 50 species, Mediterranean area to Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

1 Buds purplish; perianth with purplish tube and greenish-white lobes; lobes about half as long as the tube. Fruit obovate or obovate-oblong   1 Bellevalia glauca
+ Buds greenish-white sometimes tipped with pale-purplish; perianth whitish, lobes only slightly shorter than tube. Fruit elliptic, obovate-elliptic or obovate   2 Bellevalia saviczii

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