Crinum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Bulbous perennial herbs, the bulb with an extended neck sometimes protruding above ground-level. Leaves annual to perennial, subterete, flat or channelled. Inflorescence an umbel or single flower, terminating a stout, leafless scape, enclosed in bud by a pair of membranous, spathe-like bracts; flowers bisexual; perianth segments equal, fused in basal part into a long slender tube, spreading above; stamens 6, attached at throat of tube, filaments filiform, anthers attached medially, dehiscing introrsely; ovary inferior, 3-locular; ovules 1–12 per locule; style filiform, stigma slightly 3-lobed. Fruit globular, indehiscent; seeds 1–several, relatively large.

About 100 species, mostly in the tropics and subtropics world-wide; 5 currently recognized species in Australia, but several unnamed taxa exist in the far north of the country, 1 species in Victoria.

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
Higher taxa
genus Crinum
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