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5. Scilla L., Sp. Pl. 308. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 146. 1754; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6: 348. 1892; Deb & S. Dasgupta in Bull. Bot. Surv. Ind. 17: (1-4): 41. 1975; Rech. f. & Wendelbo in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 165: 107. 1990; Speta in Kubitzki, Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 283. 1998.


Scilla griffithii

Credit: J.E. Carter

Scapigerous bulbous, perennial herb. Bulb globose on ovoid, bulb leaves imbricate, of cataphylls and bases of foliage leaves of 3 vegetation periods, tunic brown. Scape one or more, terete. Raceme few to many flowered. Bracts small and membranous or lacking. Tepals 6, blue, nearly free to connate for 2/5. Stamens 6, filaments free from each other, epiphyllous at the base of the tepals, anthers dorsifixed, introrse. Pistil tricarpellary, syncarpous, trilocular, 1-4 ovules per locule. Style usually straight, stigma triquetrous or capitate. Capsule loculicidal. Seeds globose.

About 30 species; from France and N. Spain to Asia Minor and Caucasus to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India and Sri Lanka; represented in Pakistan by one species.

According to Speta, l.c. the genus Scilla is incompletely known; presently its affinity is also uncertain.

Lower Taxon

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