Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Bulbous perennial herbs. Leaves annual, basal, linear, appearing after flowering-time. Inflorescence a scapose umbel enclosed in bud by 2 or 3 ovate bracts. Flowers bisexual, pedicellate; perianth funnel-shaped, segments fused in lower half, weakly spreading above; stamens 6, inserted at throat of perianth tube, with filaments broadly dilated toward base and fused to form a corona, filaments filiform, anthers versatile, dehiscing introrsely; ovary inferior, globose, 1-locular; ovules 2; style filiform, stigma minute, capitate. Fruit indehiscent, globular, 1(rarely 2)-seeded.

2 species endemic to semi-arid areas of Australia.

The fruit often germinates before being shed and is regarded by some as a bulbil rather than a true seed. It is likely that true seeds and/or bulbils are formed under varying conditions of development.

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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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
Higher taxa
genus Calostemma
Subordinate taxa