Description: Perennial herbs, rhizomatous; stem usually short.
Leaves distichous, xeromorphic and tough, sheathing at base, ± linear, dorsi-ventral, parallel-veined.
Inflorescences generally on separate branches; branches elongate and ± branched or consist of partial inflorescences or reduced to ± globose heads. Flowers small and inconspicuous, actinomorphic, 3-merous and either bisexual or unisexual and then plants dioecious. Perianth in 2 whorls; tepals 6, free or basally fused, often dry and ± scarious. Stamens 6, the inner 3 sometimes fused basally to inner tepals; filaments filiform; anthers basifixed or slightly dorsifixed, 2-locular, introrse and dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, 3-locular; ovule 1 per loculus; style simple and short or 3-branched at apex.
Fruit a loculicidal capsule.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 genera, 63 species, Australia, New Guinea & New Caledonia. Australia: 4 genera, 62 species, all States.
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Asparagaceae, Order: Asparagales)
This family is often included in Xanthorrhoeaceae s. lat. or in the Dasypogonaceae, and more recently treated as a synonym of Asparagaceae.
Text by A.L. Quirico (1993); edited P Kodela (2017)
| One genus in NSW: Lomandra|