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Genus Arthropodium Family Anthericaceae

Description: Perennial herbs, roots with stalked or sessile tubers.

Leaves radical, linear, flat, often withering early; leaf fibres from previous seasons often present.

Inflorescence racemose or paniculate, scapose; flowers usually 1–9 per node, sometimes secund; pedicels spreading to nodding, usually articulate. Tepals free, rotate to reflexed, not twisting after flowering, pale blue, purple or white; outer tepals narrow, 3–5-veined; inner tepals elliptic to circular. Stamens 6; filaments hirsute; anthers introrse to latrorse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovules 1–5 per loculus; style simple.

Fruit a capsule, sometimes enclosed by perianth; seeds globose to angular, black.


Habitat
Photo Greg Steenbeeke

Photo © ANBG

Fruit
Photo L. von Richter

Distribution and occurrence: World: 11 species, Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Madagascar. Australia: 7 species (endemic), all states except N.T.

Arthropodium is sometimes placed in the family Asparagaceae.

Text by J.G. Conran, S. McCune & D.W. Hardin
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Flowers 2 or more per node2
Flowers 1 per nodeArthropodium minus
2Inner tepals fimbriateArthropodium sp. A sensu Harden (1993)
Inner tepals not fimbriate
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3
3Leaves usually glaucous; tepals white to pale blue or pink; anthers purple blackArthropodium milleflorum
Leaves not glaucous; tepals greenish pink; anthers white to pale green
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Arthropodium sp. B sensu Harden (1993)

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