Gagea

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Gagea
Gagea whole plant.jpg
Gagea lutea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Genus: Gagea
Salisb.
Species

over 100

Gagea is a large genus of spring flowers in the Liliaceae found in Europe and western Asia. It is named after the English naturalist Sir Thomas Gage. They were originally described as species of Ornithogalum, which, together with the usual yellow colour of the flowers, explains the English name Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem for the most common species in Europe, Gagea lutea, which grows in damp deciduous woodland.

Taxonomy[edit]

The genus Lloydia has at times been considered distinct from Gagea,[1] but is now included within it.[2]

Species[edit]

As of January 2014, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families recognizes over 200 species, including those previously assigned to Lloydia.[3]

Currently there remain some unplaced names under Lloydia:[4]

  • Lloydia delavayi Franch.
  • Lloydia ixiolirioides Baker ex Oliv.
  • Lloydia longiscapa Hook.
  • Lloydia oxycarpa Franch.
  • Lloydia tibetica Baker ex Oliv.
  • Lloydia yunnanensis Franch.
Close-up of the flowers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tutin, T.G.; Heywood, V.H.; Burges, N.A.; Moore, D.M.; Valentine, D.H.; Walters, S.M. & Webb, D.A., eds. (1980). Flora Europaea 5. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-20108-7.  p. 25.
  2. ^ "Lloydia". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Gagea". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Build a checklist for Lloydia (Liliaceae)". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2014-01-10.