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Published In: Journal de Physique, de Chimie, d'Histoire Naturelle et des Arts 67: 425. 1808. (J. Phys. Chim. Hist. Nat. Arts) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: S. I. ALI
General/Distribution: A genus with c. 50 species, Mediterranean area to Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.


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Bulbous, scapose perennial herbs. Bulbs with membranous brown tunic. Leaves several, all basal.Racemes 1-many with terete smooth scapes with numerous white or blue or violet flowers and often changing colour from bud to fruit. Bracts small, membranous. Pedicel straight elongated and patent in fruit. Perianth tubular, campanulate or infundibuliform, divided to 1/2 to 2/3 free lobes ± deflexed. Stamens 6, inserted at the base of the perianth lobes, anthers short, blue. Fruit triquetrous winged capsule. Seeds ± globose, pruinose rarely oblong or shiny.

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1 Buds greenish-white sometimes tipped with pale-purplish; perianth whitish, lobes only slightly shorter than tube. Fruit elliptic, obovate-elliptic or obovate 2 Bellevalia saviczii
+ Buds purplish; perianth with purplish tube and greenish-white lobes; lobes about half as long as the tube. Fruit obovate or obovate-oblong 1 Bellevalia glauca
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