Description: Tufted perennial herbs; roots fibrous; true aerial stems condensed, leafy.
Leaves with sheath closed at apex.
Inflorescence cymose. Tepals subequal, spreading or recurved. Staminal filaments ± fusiform, papillose-barbellate from near base to near apex; anthers dehiscing longitudinally by slits, introrse, recurved or coiled after dehiscence.
Fruit a loculicidal capsule, dark brown or black; seeds shining.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.
Thelionema is sometimes placed in the family Hemerocallidaceae.
Text by K.L. Wilson
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Inflorescence held amongst the leaves; leaf blades 1–4 mm wide, with several prominent rounded veins on lower surface; tepals 4.3–8 mm long||Thelionema umbellatum|
|Inflorescence exceeding leaves; leaf blades 2–28 mm wide, with midvein keeled (usually acutely) on lower surface and more prominent than lateral veins; tepals 8–14 mm long||2|
|2||Leaf blades 2–12 mm wide, minutely but strongly papillose on lower surface; seeds smooth||Thelionema caespitosum|
|Leaf blades 11–28 mm wide, not or weakly papillose on lower surface; seeds minutely reticulate to minutely warty|
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