Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial herbs. Roots fleshy to tuberous. Leaves annual, linear, tufted. Inflorescence a corymbose panicle. Flowers bisexual, perianth segments subequal, free, spirally twisting after anthesis; stamens 6, filaments filiform, anthers basifixed; ovary superior, 3-locular, ovules 4–18 per locule; style filiform, stigma minute, capitate. Fruit a loculicidally dehiscent 3-lobed capsule; seeds lens-shaped, smooth, black.

4 species, endemic in southern Australia; 1 occurring 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: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-24

McLay, T.G.B. & Bayly, M.J. (2016). A new family placement for Australian blue squill, Chamaescilla: Xanthorrhoeaceae (Hemerocallidoideae), not Asparagaceae. Phytotaxa , Phytotaxa 275(2): 97-111.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
Higher taxa
genus Chamaescilla
Subordinate taxa