||The genus Afrothismia (Burmanniaceae) comprises three species from central
Afrika. So far, there are only eight publications which mention the genus: the first
description as Thismia winkleri (Engler, 1905), its renaming (Schlechter, 1906),
two monographs on Thismieae and Burmanniaceae (Schlechter, 1921; Jonker, 1938), three
floristic accounts (Engler, 1908; Hepper, 1968; Cowley, 1988), and the investigation on
seed micromorphology by Rübsamen (1986, p. 142). These publications acknowledge only
briefly the peculiar root morphology of A. winkleri, but emphasize floral
characters. The underground parts are rarely seen.