Puschkinia

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Puschkinia
Puszkinia cebulicowata Puschkinia libanotica IV 2006 1.jpg
Puschkinia scilloides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Puschkinia
Adams
Synonyms[1]

Adamsia Willd.

Puschkinia is a genus of two known species of bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae.[2] It is native to the Caucasus and the Middle East.[1]

This genus is named in honor of the Russian botanist Apollo Mussin-Pushkin.[3] It was once included in the Liliaceae.

Leaves are green and strap-like, growing in twos.

Flowers are borne in early spring in racemes to 25 cm (6 in) high.

Seeds are borne in three-parted capsules. After seed ripens in early summer, plants go dormant till the next spring.

Like members of the genus Chionodoxa, the bases of the stamens are flattened and closely clustered in the middle of the flower. In the related genus Scilla, the stamens are not flattened or clustered together.

Species[edit]

As of March 2013, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted only two species:[4]

  • Puschkinia peshmenii Rix & B.Mathew - native to Turkey and Iran
  • Puschkinia scilloides Adams (Striped Squill) - native to the Caucasus, Turkey, northern Iran and Lebanon; found in mountain meadows and stony slopes up to 3,000 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Scilloideae  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Rix, Martyn; Mathew, Brian (February 2007), Curtis's Botanical Magazine 24 (1): 54–57, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8748.2007.00561.x  |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Search for "Puschkinia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2013-03-22 

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