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Genus Haemodorum Family Haemodoraceae

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
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves flat, usually more than 2 mm wide2
Leaves terete to compressed, 1–2 mm wide (sometimes broader at base)3
2Flowers solitary; inflorescence a narrow panicleHaemodorum austroqueenslandicum
Flowers in clusters of 2–6; inflorescence a widely diverging panicle
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Haemodorum planifolium
3Flowers 4–5 mm long; flowers solitary or in few-flowered clustersHaemodorum tenuifolium
Flowers 12–15 mm long; flowers in several–many-flowered clusters
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Haemodorum corymbosum

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