|B. grandiflora illustrated by Edward Minchen|
R.Dahlgren & Clifford
Blandfordia is a genus of flowering plants, placed in the family Blandfordiaceae of the order Asparagales of the monocots. The genus is native to eastern Australia. Plants in this genus are commonly referred to as Christmas Bells due to the shape of their flowers and the timing of their flowering season in Australia. Blandfordia was named by English botanist James Edward Smith in 1804 in honour of George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough, the Marquis of Blandford.
Blandfordia is the sole genus in the family Blandfordiaceae. Such a family has only recently been recognized by taxonomists. The APG III system of 2009 (unchanged from the 1998 and 2003 versions) recognizes this family. Previously various families were suggested.
There are four species as follows:
- Blandfordia cunninghamii Lindl.
- Blandfordia grandiflora R.Br.
- Blandfordia nobilis Sm.
- Blandfordia punicea (Labill.) Sweet (Tasmanian Christmas Bell)
- "Blandfordia Sm.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
- Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III (2009), "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x
- Klaus Kubitzki, Herbert Huber (Prof. Dr. rer. nat.) (1998). Flowering plants, Monocotyledons: Lilianae (except Orchidaceae). Springer. p. 150. ISBN 3-540-64060-6.
- Blandfordiaceae in L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz (1992 onwards). The families of flowering plants: descriptions, illustrations, identification, information retrieval. Version: 27 April 2006. http://delta-intkey.com
- photograph of Blandfordia punicea at the Australian National Herbarium
- NCBI Taxonomy Browser
- links at CSDL, Texas
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