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Corm depressed, cover fibrous. Inflorescence: spike, branched below or not; flowers generally ± 2-ranked, flower bracts green, leathery. Flower: radial or generally bilateral; perianth funnel- or trumpet-shaped, tube curved, lobes ± equal or unequal, oblong or lanceolate; style branches divided ± to middle, thread-like. Fruit: generally oblong. Seed: generally winged at 1 or both ends.
± 50 species: southern Africa. (Sir William Watson, English botanist-physician, 1715–1787) [Goldblatt 1989 Ann Kirstenbosch Bot Gard 17:1–148] Many species cultivated as ornamental.

Key to Watsonia

1. Perianth rose-pink to white, tube < 2 cm, ± curved; flower radial; inflorescence, leaf axils without bulblets ..... [W. marginata]

1' Perianth brick-red, tube 4–5 cm, sharp-curved; flower bilateral; inflorescence, occasionally leaf axils with bulblets after flower or not ..... W. meriana


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