Lanariaceae H.Huber ex R.Dahlgren
  • H.Huber ex R.Dahlgren, Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 25: 71 (1988)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Perennial herbs with short vertical rhizomes; roots emerging from lower part of rhizome; leaves distichous or spirally arranged, linear, basal, sheathing, without distinct petioles, dorsiventral, parallel-veined, glabrous; inflorescences and flowers densely woolly with branched hairs. Inflorescence a dense corymbose panicle with monochasial components; flowers bisexual, epigynous, small, covered with dense whitish hairs outside, pale mauve or purple inside; perianth with 6 equal tepals fused to a tube for their lower half; stamens 6, inner 3 slightly shorter than outer 3; filaments basally adnate to tepal tube; anthers dorsifixed, epipeltate, versatile, introrse; ovary inferior, syncarpous, trilocular, with septal nectaries and axile (marginal) placentation; style narrow, filiform; stigma small, capitate; ovules anatropous, 2 per locule, with micropyles facing downwards; fruit a I-seeded capsule; seeds shining black, with phytomelan in seed coat.

A single monotypic genus from South Africa.


In Fynbos vegetation at low altitudes.


L. lanata grows in the south coast region of the Cape Province of South Africa, from Somerset West to Albany.


None known.

Included Genus


  • 1 Rudall, P.J. Lanariaceae. Flowering Plants. Monocotyledons: Lilianae (excluding Orchidaceae) 340-342 (1998).
  • 2 Dahlgren, R.M.T. Original publication of Lanariaceae. (1988).

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