Vellozia sp. photo

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 28 Jul 2003 14:22:33 PDT
Dear All,

Lee made a wiki page for Vellozia (Yea Lee!) and I think you all may find 
it interesting to see what he wrote about it as you can get a better idea 
of its size.…

Can anyone provide us more information about this genus so we can add it to 
the wiki page? Are they all from Brazil?

I've looked through old posts and see more questions than answers. I found 
a reference to the family, Velloziaceae in Pooley's, A Field Guide to 
Wildflowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. This quotes the common 
name of the family as the black-stick lily and the species described in 
that book had black rough fibrous stems.

"Fibrous perennials. Stems protected by non-inflammable leaf bases, dwarf 
or up to 4 m. Leaves in tufts. Afr., Madag and Brazil, 8 genera, more or 
less 280 species, 2 genera in South Africa"

It appears that the two genera in South Africa are Xerophyta and Talbotia 
(= Vellozia in parenthesis.)

Mary Sue

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