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Taxonavigation: Asparagales 
Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Scilloideae
Tribus: Hyacintheae
Subtribus: Hyacinthinae
Genus: Prospero
Species: P. autumnale – P. battagliae – P. corsicum – P. cudidaghense – P. depressum – P. elisae – P. fallax – P. hanburyi – P. hierae – P. hierapytnense – P. idaeum – P. minimum – P. obtusifolium – P. paratethycum – P. rhadamanthi – P. seisumsianum – P. talosii


Prospero Salisb., Gen. Pl.: 28 (1866)

  • Lectotypus (designated by Speta, Phyton (Horn) 38(1): 115. 1998): Prospero autumnale (L.) Speta

This genus indeed may turn out to be a synonym for Scilla (Valdés, 2004), but the details here indicate that there is an alternative view (Govaerts (et al.), 2018 and others).


Native distribution areas:
  • Europe
    • Northern Europe
      • Great Britain.
    • Middle Europe
      • Hungary.
    • Southwestern Europe
      • Baleares, Corse, France, Portugal, Sardegna, Spain.
    • Southeastern Europe
      • Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Romania, Sicilia, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia.
    • Eastern Europe
      • Krym, Ukraine.
  • Africa
    • Northern Africa
      • Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia.
  • Asia-Temperate
    • Caucasus
      • North Caucasus, Transcaucasus.
    • Western Asia
      • Cyprus, East Aegean Islands, Iran,? Iraq, Lebanon-Syria, Palestine, Sinai, Turkey.

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


  • Salisbury, R.A. 1866. The Genera of Plants 28.
  • Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Prospero in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 31. (Prospero accepted)
  • International Plant Names Index. 2014. Prospero. Published online. Accessed Mar. 3 2014.
  • Jang, T.-S., Emadzade, K., Parker, J., Temsch, E.M., Leitch, A.R., Speta, F. & Weiss-Schneeweiss, H. 2013. Chromosomal diversification and karyotype evolution of diploids in the cytologically diverse genus Prospero (Hyacinthaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 136. PDF.
  • Speta, F. 1998. Systematische Analyse der Gattung Scilla L. s.l. (Hyacinthaceae). Phyton (Horn) 38(1): 1–141. PDF Reference page.  (Prospero accepted)
  • 2014. Prospero . Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Mar. 3. (Prospero accepted)
  • Hassler, M. 2018. Prospero. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World (2019). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi, J., Penev L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 29. (Prospero accepted)
  • The Plant List 2013. Prospero in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 29. (Prospero accepted)
  • Valdés, B. 2004. Some Validations in Liliaceae. Willdenowia, 34(1): 63-64. (Prospero merged with Scilla, but with little or no wider acceptance)
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