|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Perennial to trees, from membranous bulb, fibrous corm, scaly rhizome, or erect caudex
Stem generally underground
Leaves generally basal, often withering early, alternate, generally ± linear
Inflorescence various, generally bracted
Flower generally bisexual, generally radial; perianth often showy, segments generally 6 in two petal-like whorls (outer sometimes sepal-like), free or fused at base; stamens 6 (or 3 + generally 3 ± petal-like staminodes), filaments sometimes attached to perianth or fused into a tube or crown; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, placentas generally axile, style generally 1, stigmas generally 3
Fruit: generally capsule, loculicidal or septicidal (berry or nut)
Genera in family: ± 300 genera, 4600 species: especially ± dry temp and subtropical; many cultivated for ornamental or food;
some TOXIC. Here includes genera sometimes treated in Agavaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and other families.
Perennial; bulb ovoid to ± elongate, outer coats white to brown, often very fibrous
Leaves basal, linear, reduced to scarious bracts in inflorescence
Inflorescence: panicle; flowers 1several per node
Flower: perianth segments 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free, white, purple, or pinkish, persistent in fruit and twisted together above capsule; stamens 6, attached to bases of perianth parts, anthers attached at middle; ovary superior, chambers 3, style slender, stigma slightly 3-lobed
Fruit: capsule, stalked, loculicidal
Seeds ovoid, black, 12 per chamber
Species in genus: 5 species: w North America, especially CA
Etymology: (Greek: green milk or juice)
Reference: [Hoover 1940 Madroño 5:137147]
Bulb 2.53 cm; scales white to brown, membranous
Leaves basal, 25 mm wide, linear, wavy
Inflorescence 1040 cm; branches few; pedicels 410 mm, slender, generally > flowers
Flower open during day; perianth deep blue to purple, segments 57 mm, recurved; stamens ± = perianth, anthers 1 mm, yellow; style exserted, 56 mm
Fruit 3 mm
Ecology: Open woodland, sometimes on serpentine
Elevation: ± 300 or ± 600 m.
Bioregional distribution: e Outer South Coast Ranges.Varieties intergrade but apparently retain distinctions in a common garden, produce fertile seeds when artificially crossed.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Inflorescence 2540 cm
Elevation: ± 300 m.
Bioregional distribution: ne Outer South Coast Ranges (eastern side Santa Lucia Mtns, Monterey Co.). Threatened by trampling, grazing, vehicles
Horticultural information: In cultivation.