Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Bulbous perennial herbs; bulb annual, ovoid, composed of few coalescent scales, completely renewed annually.  Leaves basal, flat or channelled.  Inflorescence a scapose raceme. Flowers bisexual, pedicellate, each subtended by 2 bracts; perianth segments usually bluish, subequal, shortly united basally, 1-nerved; stamens 6, inserted on perianth, and not exceeding it, filaments somewhat flattened, anthers dorsifixed, versatile, dehiscing introrsely by slits; ovary superior, 3-locular, ovules 1–10 per locule; style simple, stigma capitate. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds ± globose, black.   

3 or 4 species in Europe and north-western Africa, 2 naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-07
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
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