Description: Tufted herbaceous or shrub-like rhizomatous perennials; roots fibrous, sometimes ± fleshy; aerial stems short, leafy.
Leaves few, reducing rapidly to bracts upwards.
Inflorescence irregularly paniculate, perennating; flowers solitary or in clusters of 2–6 along spike-like racemules or in branch axils, pedicellate. Tepals ± free, subequal, 3-veined, spirally twisting after flowering, not persistent in fruit; outer tepals apiculate, apicula appendaged on upper surface. Stamens 6, epitepalous, shorter than perianth; filaments glabrous or papillose; anthers introrse, becoming extrorse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovules 2 per loculus, 1 erect, 1 pendulous; style filiform; stigma capitate, minute.
Fruit capsular and tardily dehiscent or nut-like and indehiscent or rupturing; seeds 1–6, ellipsoidal, black, carunculate.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States.
Corynotheca is sometimes placed in the family Hemerocallidaceae.
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves to 60 cm long, 2.5–9 mm wide, persistent during flowering, lamina flat or complicate; outer tepals oblong; stamens with filaments straight||Corynotheca licrota|
|Leaves to c. 25 cm long, less than 2 mm wide, caducous, lamina involute; sepals narrow-elliptic; stamens with filaments more or less kinked||Corynotheca micrantha|