Hyacinthus L.


Greek – Homer’s name for the flower which sprang from the blood of Hyakinthos.

Perennial, bulbous herb, bulb membranous-tunicate. Leaves few, basal, curved. Flowers radially symmetrical, tubular-bell-shaped, spreading, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a dense terminal raceme.Tepals 3+3, 1-nerved, basally united. Stamens 6, attached to the floral tube. Ovary superior. Fruit a capsule. Seeds rounded, black, wrinkled.

3 species from western and central Asia.

Bulb with the dense spike-like inflorescence of bell-like flowers with 1-nerved tepals fused basally and seeds with an appendage.

Mathew (1972).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Drimiopsis. 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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Hyacinthus orientalis L.