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.
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
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|1||Flowers 2 or more per node||2|
|Flowers 1 per node||Arthropodium minus|
|2||Inner tepals fimbriate||Arthropodium sp. A sensu Harden (1993)|
|Inner tepals not fimbriate|
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|3||Leaves usually glaucous; tepals white to pale blue or pink; anthers purple black||Arthropodium milleflorum|
|Leaves not glaucous; tepals greenish pink; anthers white to pale green|
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|Arthropodium sp. B sensu Harden (1993)|