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Prosartes trachycarpa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Streptopoideae
Genus: Prosartes
  • Lethea Noronha
  • Disporum sect. Prosartes (D. Don) Q. Jones

Prosartes, the fairybells,[3] is a North American genus of flowering plants in the lily family.[4]

For several decades plants of this genus were considered part of the otherwise Asian genus Disporum. Studies of morphology and cytology, as well as genetic analysis, show these North American plants to be different from the Asian species, and in 1995 the two groups began to be recognized as distinct genera.[5][4] Prosartes included five species until 2010, when a sixth, Prosartes parvifolia, long considered a variant of Prosartes hookeri, or perhaps a hybrid, was acknowledged as a distinct species.[6]

These plants are rhizomatous herbs with bell-like pendent (hanging) flowers.[4]



  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Tropicos, Prosartes D. Don
  3. ^ "Prosartes". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Flora of North America: Prosartes
  5. ^ Shinwari, Z.K.; Terauchi, R.; Utech, F.H. & Kawano, S. (1994), "Recognition of the New World Disporum Section Prosartes as Prosartes (Liliaceae) Based on the Sequence Data of the rbcL Gene", Taxon, 43 (3): 353–366, doi:10.2307/1222713
  6. ^ Mesler, M., et al. (2010). A resurrection for Siskiyou Bells, Prosartes parvifolia (Liliaceae), a rare Siskiyou Mountains endemic. Madroño 57:2 129-35.
  7. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution maps

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