Description: Tufted, herbaceous perennial herbs with tuberous corm; roots fleshy-fibrous or tuberous.
Leaves distichous and usually crowded at base of stem, linear, acute, sheathing slightly at base.
Inflorescence terminal, racemose, 1–20-flowered with flowers pendent, each subtended by 1 bract and a smaller bracteole; peduncle with leaf-like bracts. Flowers ± actinomorphic, 3-merous, bisexual. Perianth petaloid, tepals 6 in 2 whorls, fused into a tube for four-fifths of their length, red to yellow; lobes 6. Stamens 6 in 2 whorls; filaments fused to perianth tube; anthers linear, versatile, included or slightly exserted, latrorse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, stipitate, 3-locular; ovules numerous, in 2 rows per loculus; placentation axile; style linear; stigma capitate but slightly 3-lobed.
Fruit a septicidal capsule, ± fusiform, stipitate, erect, prominently 3-angled; seeds numerous, linear, brown papillose-hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Tas.
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Blandfordiaceae, Order: Asparagales)
Species are sometimes cultivated as ornamentals in Europe and North America as well asouthern temperate Australia Frequently sold as decorations at Christmas time. This genus has often been included in the Liliaceae s. lat.
Text by A. L. Quirico
|One genus in NSW: Blandfordia|