Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Bulbous, non-odorous, perennial herbs. Roots fibrous or fleshy. Leaves annual, basally tufted, linear, exuding milky latex when broken. Inflorescence a scapose, terminal umbel enclosed by 2 overlapping bracts; flowers bisexual; perianth segments equal, shortly united basally; stamens 6, filaments free, broadly linear, anthers dorsifixed, dehiscing introrsely; ovary superior; ovules 4–12 per locule; style terminal on ovary. Fruit a membranous capsule; seeds angular, black.

Species number varies depending on authority, from 19 to 87, native to America; 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, 2018-02-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
Higher taxa
genus Nothoscordum
Subordinate taxa