Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Renascent perennial herbs. Rootstock a corm with papery scales; roots fleshy to tuberous. Leaves annual, few, linear, mostly basal. Scape simple (mostly) or branched. Inflorescence a terminal bracteate umbel. Flowers bisexual, pedicellate; tepals in one whorl, free, equal, convolute around adjacent stamens in bud; stamens 6, attached to base of tepals, filaments filiform, anthers dorsifixed, dehiscing longitudinally by slits; ovary superior, trigonous, 3-locular, ovules numerous per locule; style 3-branched. Fruit a septicidal capsule; seeds irregular, angular, brown.

5 species, endemic to Australia, all but the widespread B. umbellata confined to Western 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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Liliales
family Colchicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Burchardia
Subordinate taxa