Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted, glabrous perennials. Roots tuberous-fleshy to fibrous. Leaves annual, linear, basal. Inflorescence a racemose panicle. Flowers bisexual, pedicellate; perianth segments subequal, free, twisting spirally after anthesis; stamens 6, filaments papillose, anthers basfixed; ovary superior, style filiform, stigma minute, capitate. Fruit a loculicidally dehiscent, 3-lobed capsule; seeds more or less globose, black, testa smooth, striate or granular, 1, rarely 2 per locule.

About 11 species, in Africa, Australia and New Guinea; 8 in Australia (7 endemic), 3 in Victoria.

Incomplete specimens are often difficult to identify, especially those lacking roots and seeds. There is wide character variation within many species.

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Liliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
Higher taxa
genus Caesia
Subordinate taxa