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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Nolinoideae
Tribus: Convallarieae
Genus: Speirantha
Species: S. gardenii

Speirantha Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 14: 562 (1875)
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: China
China Southeast.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Baker, J.G. 1875 Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany 14: 562–563. BHL


Govaerts, R. et al. 2015. Speirantha in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2015 Sept. 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2015. Speirantha. Published online. Accessed: Sept. 28 2015. 2015. Speirantha. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 28 Sept. 2015.

Speirantha is a genus of one known species of flowering plants found in south-east China.[1] In the APG III classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae).[2]

The sole species is Speirantha gardenii, endemic to China (provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang).[3]

Speirantha is derived from Greek and means 'twisted flower' (spiral + anther).[4]

The species now called Speirantha gardenii was first described by William Jackson Hooker in 1855 as Albuca gardenii. Separately, in 1875, John Gilbert Baker described Speirantha convallarioides, based on a different type, placing it in his new genus Speirantha.[5] In 1894, Louis Antoine François Baillon synonymized Albuca gardenii and Speirantha convallarioides.[6] The older epithet gardenii has priority, so the correct name is Speirantha gardenii.[5] The type of the genus Speirantha remains the type of Speirantha convallarioides.

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2011-05-26, search for "Speirantha"
Chase, M.W.; Reveal, J.L. & Fay, M.F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
"Speirantha gardenii", Flora of China, Vol. 24, p. 234, retrieved 2014-12-18
Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). p 357
"Speirantha gardenii (Hook.) Baill.", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2017-02-18
Baillon, Henri (1894), "Speirantha", Histoire des plantes. Monographie des Liliacées, Paris: Librairie de Hachette et, p. 524, footnote 3, retrieved 2017-02-18

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