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Perennial herb; corm deep, outer coat fibrous. Stem: 1, erect, ± zigzag. Leaf: mostly basal, linear [to lanceolate], sheathing. Inflorescence: panicle, in smaller plants raceme; bracts scarious. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free or fused, often reflexed; stamens 6, fused to perianth parts, alternate 6 staminodes, anthers attached at base; ovary superior, chambers 3, style 1, stigma ± 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: 3, brown.
9 genera: 23 species: western United States, Africa, Chile. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged etymology: (Based on the genus Tecophilaea Bertero ex Colla, named for Tecophila Billotti, botanical artist and daughter of Italian botanist Luigi Aloysius Colla (1766–1848), credited with publishing the genus name)
Previous taxon: Smilax jamesii
Next taxon: Odontostomum
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Mar 12 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Tecophilaeaceae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=93794, accessed on Mar 12 2014
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