Asphodelus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted, sometimes rhizomatous, annual or perennial herbs. Roots fibrous to tuberous. Leaves basal, linear, angular or terete. Inflorescence a bracteate raceme or racemose panicle; pedicels articulate; flowers bisexual, perianth segments equal, spreading, free or shortly fused at base, 1-nerved; stamens 6, anthers dorsifixed; ovary superior, trilocular, ovules 2 per locule; style filiform, stigma 3-lobed. Fruit a loculicidally dehiscent capsule; seeds triquetrous, black.

About 12 species, from the Mediterranean and Asia Minor to India; 1 naturalised in Australia.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-09-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
Higher taxa
genus Asphodelus
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