Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted perennial herbs with bulbs encased by a tunic. Roots fibrous. Leaves all basal, annual, linear. Inflorescence an erect, scapose, corymbose or elongate raceme; flowers bisexual, each subtended by a membranous bract; perianth segments, free, spreading, subequal, ovate or lanceolate, thin- or thick-textured, white, yellow, orange or green, sometimes with a thin dark stripe; stamens 6, filaments simple or with a basal appendage, anthers versatile, dorsifixed, dehiscing introrsely by slits; ovary superior, 3-locular; ovules 2–many per locule; style absent to elongate, stigma minute, capitate to lobed. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds numerous, globose, ovoid or angular, black.

About 160 species, in Europe, Africa and Asia Minor; several grown as garden specimens in Australia, 2 naturalized 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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
genus Ornithogalum
Subordinate taxa