Flowers of Spiloxene capensis, from the Barrett Lab.

Belongs within: Liliidae.

The Hypoxidaceae are a family of rhizomatous or cormous plants found mostly in the Southern Hemisphere and tropical Asia.

Characters (from Healy & Edgar 1980): Herbs with tuberous rhizome or corm covered with membranous or fibrous sheaths. Leaves usually all basal, often with long hairs. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, mostly white or yellow, solitary, or in spicate, racemose or subumbellate inflorescences; segments 6, subequal, free or basally connate. Stamens usually 6, inserted at base of perianth-segments; anthers often 2-lobed at base, opening by longitudinal slits. Ovary inferior, trilocular; ovules usually many, in two series on axile placenta in each locule. Fruit usually a capsule crowned by persistent perianth; dehiscence by irregular, often more or less circular slits; fruit occasionally fleshy and indehiscent. Seeds small, often black.

    |--Empodium S06
    |--Molineria latifolia S06, P88
    |--Rhodohypoxis S06
    |--Saniella S06
    |--Curculigo S06
    |    |--C. capitulata DS04
    |    |--C. latifolia K03
    |    `--C. orchioides P03
    |--Pauridia S06
    |    |--P. longituba S06
    |    `--P. minuta S06
    |--Hypoxis S06
    |    |--H. dinteri CV06
    |    |--H. glabella DS04
    |    |--H. hookeri Geerinck 1969 [incl. H. pusilla Hooker 1858 non Kunth in H. B. & K. 1816] HE80
    |    |--H. occidentalis DS04
    |    |--H. pusilla Kunth in H. B. & K. 1816 HE80
    |    `--H. wrightii J87
    `--Spiloxene Fourcade 1932 [incl. Ianthe Salisbury 1866 non Janthe Grisebach 1844] S06
         |--S. alba S06
         |--S. canaliculata S06
         |--S. capensis S06
         |--S. nana Snijman 2006 S06
         |--S. pusilla Snijman 2006 S06
         |--S. scullyi S06
         `--S. serrata S06

*Type species of generic name indicated


[CV06] Craven, P., & P. Vorster. 2006. Patterns of plant diversity and endemism in Namibia. Bothalia 36 (2): 175-189.

[DS04] Davis, J. I., D. W. Stevenson, G. Petersen, O. Seberg, L. M. Campbell, J. V. Freudenstein, D. H. Goldman, C. R. Hardy, F. A. Michelangeli, M. P. Simmons, C. D. Specht, F. Vergara-Silva & M. Gandolfo. 2004. A phylogeny of the monocots, as inferred from rbcL and atpA sequence variation, and a comparison of methods for calculating jackknife and bootstrap values. Systematic Botany 29 (3): 467-510.

[HE80] Healy, A. J., & E. Edgar. 1980. Flora of New Zealand vol. III. Adventive cyperaceous, petalous and spathaceous monocotyledons. P. D. Hasselberg, Government Printer: Wellington (New Zealand).

[J87] Judd, W. S. 1987. Floristic study of Morne La Visite and Pic Macaya National Parks, Haiti. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum – Biological Sciences 32 (1): 1-136.

[K03] Kulip, J. 2003. An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal and other useful plants of Muruts in Sabah, Malaysia. Telopea 10 (1): 81-98.

[P03] Paul, T. K. 2003. Botanical observations on the Purulia pumped storage hydropower project area, Bagmundi Hills, Purulia district, West Bengal. Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 45 (1-4): 121-142.

[P88] Polunin, I. 1988. Plants and Flowers of Malaysia. Times Editions: Singapore.

[S06] Snijman, D. A. 2006. Two new species of Spiloxene (Hypoxidaceae) from the northwestern Cape, South Africa. Bothalia 36 (2): 133-138.

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