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Genus Alania Family Boryaceae

Description: Rhizomatous perennial herbs with branching stems, rooting at nodes, woody at base.

Leaves dense, crowded along stems, base expanded into scarious imbricate sheath.

Inflorescences axillary, condensed, bracteate umbel-like racemes, on filiform scapes; pedicels subtended by imbricate, scarious bracts. Tepals free, equal, elliptic, 3-veined, not twisting after flowering, persistent, ovate, white. Stamens 6, inserted at base of perianth; filaments about as long as perianth; filaments filiform; anthers introrse, basifixed, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovules 2 or 3 per loculus; style curved, about as long as stamens; stigma subcapitate.

Fruit a capsule, partly enclosed by persistent perianth; seeds ovoid, smooth, black.


Flower
Photo D. Hardin

Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, endemic Australia. Australia: 1 species, endemic.

Formerly included in Anthericaceae but now considered to be most closely related to Borya (not in NSW).

Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin (1993); edited KL Wilson (Jume 2013)
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Alania endlicheri

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