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TECOPHILAEACEAE TECOPHILAEA FAMILY

Dale W. McNeal

Perennial herb; corm deep, outer coat fibrous. Stem: 1, erect, ± zigzag. Leaf: mostly basal, linear [to lanceolate], sheathing. Inflorescence: panicle, in smaller plants raceme; bracts scarious. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free or fused, often reflexed; stamens 6, fused to perianth parts, alternate 6 staminodes, anthers attached at base; ovary superior, chambers 3, style 1, stigma ± 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: 3, brown.
9 genera: 23 species: western United States, Africa, Chile. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged etymology: (Based on the genus Tecophilaea Bertero ex Colla, named for Tecophila Billotti, botanical artist and daughter of Italian botanist Luigi Aloysius Colla (1766–1848), credited with publishing the genus name)

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Dec 19 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Tecophilaeaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=93794, accessed on Dec 19 2014

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