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Pakistan | Family List | Hyacinthaceae

4. Muscari Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4. 1754. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:287. 1882; P. H. Davis & D. C. Stuart in Tutin et al., Fl. Europ. 5:46. 1980; in P. H. Davis, Fl. Turk. 8: 245. 1984; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 165: 140. 1990; Speta in Kubitzki, Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 283. 1998.


Bulbous perennials, with or without offsets. Leaves all basal 1-6 (-), linear to strap-shaped. Scapes bearing racemes or spikes, apical flowers often sterile and different in colour from fertile ones. Bracts small. Perianth globose, urceolate or tubular and ± asymmetrical, constricted at mouth, terminal lobes (teeth) small. Stamen included, filaments inserted in the tube, in two rows, anthers small, globose, dark blue. Ovary trigonous, triloculate with 2 ovules in each locule. Capsule acutely trigonous to trialate. Seed globose, black. Sterile flowers, when present, are borne above fertile ones.

A genus with about 50 species, distributed in Mediterranean and temperate Europe to Central Asia; represented in Pakistan by one species.

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