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Genus Burchardia Family Colchicaceae

Description: Perennial herbs, glabrous; corm with papery scales; roots tuberous.

Leaves mostly basal, 1–5, conduplicate. Scape simple or with 1–4 branches; involucral bracts 1–4; umbel up to 20-flowered [or flowers solitary].

Flowers bisexual. Tepals 6 in 1 whorl, similar, free, with [or without] sub-basal nectaries, convolute around adjacent stamen in bud. Stamens 6; anthers dorsifixed, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, extrorse. Ovary superior, 3-locular; ovules several per loculus; style short, 3-branched.

Fruit a septicidal capsule; seeds angular, brown.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 5 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States except N.T.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Burchardia umbellata

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