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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 341. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of c. 100 species. Represented in Pakistan by 3 species.


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Perennial. Corm covered with a brown to dark-brown coat. Roots fibrous, arising from one side of the basal part of the corm. Young leaves enclosed in leaf sheaths. Flowers 1-3, arising directly from the corm or on a very short scape. Perianth of 6 segments, united at the base of the segments to form a tube or split to the base. Stamens 6, epiphyllous. Ovary 3-celled; styles 3, free. Fruit a many-seeded capsule.

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1 Flowers white to purple. Perianth forming a tube or split to the base (2)
+ Flowers yellow, Perianth forming a narrow tube Colchicum luteum
2 (1) Perianth forming a narrow tube; segments not clawed Colchicum kesselringii
+ Perianth split to the base; segments clawed Colchicum aitchisonii
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