Littonia Hook.

Honouring Dr S. Litton, one-time Professor of Botany, Dublin, mid 19th century.

Perennial, cormous herbs or climbers. Leaves numerous, tendrillar at the apex, carried along erect, sometimes branched stems. Flowers bell-shaped, lobes not spreading widely, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescence 1-flowered, axillary. Tepals 3+3, fused basally. Stamens 3+3, free. Styles 3, basally fused. Fruit a capsule. Seeds arillate, red-brown.

8 species from S Africa to Arabia. Generally only one in cultivation.

Tendril-tipped leaves and axillary pendulous flowers with basally fused tepals.

Nordal & Bingham (1998).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Colchicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
family       Colchicaceae