Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Bulbous perennial herbs. Roots fibrous. Leaves tufted, basal, linear, annual. Inflorescence a scapose raceme with the lower flowers bisexual and the upper sterile, each flower subtended by a membranous bract; perianth segments blue or purplish, fused for the greater part into an urceolate to globose corolla, shortly 6-lobed at apex; stamens 6, inserted on perianth, and not exceeding it, filaments terete, anthers basifixed, dehiscing by slits; ovary superior, 3-locular, ovules 2 per locule. Fruit an angular, loculicidal capsule; seeds 1 or 2 per locule, black.

About 30 species, from the Mediterranean region including northern Africa and western Asia; several cultivated in Australia, 3 naturalised to a limited extent.

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 Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
genus Muscari
Subordinate taxa