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Genus Curculigo Family Hypoxidaceae

Description: Tufted, cormous herbs; roots fleshy.

Leaves sessile; lamina flat or longitudinally pleated, sheath papery; sometimes pseudopetiolate.

Inflorescences spicate, axillary, 1–10-flowered, bracteate, with short peduncle. Perianth fused with style at base forming a long narrow column above ovary; lobes 6. Stamens 6, ± attached to style. Ovary 2- or 3-locular; ovules few per loculus; lower part of style fused with perianth, 3-branched.

Fruit capsule-like, fleshy, indehiscent, or irregularly dehiscent by rupture; seeds ovoid, rostrate, striate or nearly smooth.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, tropical regions. Australia: 1 species (endemic).

Text by P. G. Richards
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Curculigo ensifolia

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