Description: Glabrous herbs with a bulbous rootstock, all subterranean parts with orange-red pigment; stem branched or unbranched.
Leaves basal and cauline grading into floral bracts; sheath open.
Inflorescence a panicle, often corymbose, or a simple or branched raceme; bracteate. Tepals 6, in 2 whorls, all free and similar or dissimilar; persistent in fruit. Stamens 3, inserted on inner tepals. Ovary inferior, tops of loculi rounded; ovules 2 per loculus.
Capsule 3-lobed; seeds discoid with membranous marginal wing.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 20 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 20 species (19 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., Tas., N.T., W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
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|1||Leaves flat, usually more than 2 mm wide||2|
|Leaves terete to compressed, 1–2 mm wide (sometimes broader at base)||3|
|2||Flowers solitary; inflorescence a narrow panicle||Haemodorum austroqueenslandicum|
|Flowers in clusters of 2–6; inflorescence a widely diverging panicle|
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|3||Flowers 4–5 mm long; flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters||Haemodorum tenuifolium|
|Flowers 12–15 mm long; flowers in several–many-flowered clusters|
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