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Dale W. McNeal, except as specified

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.


Glenn Keator

Perennial from subspheric, dark-brown-fibrous-coated corm with daughter corms
Leaves basal, generally 3–5, linear (generally crescent-shaped in X -section), entire, glabrous
Inflorescence umbel-like, scapose, open (pedicels > flowers); axis slender, straight, cylindric; bracts scarious
Flower erect; perianth outer surface shiny, tube narrowly bell- to funnel-shaped, lobes 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, inner wider; staminodes (0)3, generally much unlike stamens, often ± inrolled as seen from above; stamens 3, epipetalous, opposite inner perianth, ± = style, anthers attached at base; style 1, stigma with 3 decurrent wings
Fruit: capsule, sessile, ovoid, loculidical
Seeds black, lined
Species in genus: 13 species: coastal w US, especially n CA
Etymology: (Brodie, Scottish plantsman)
Reference: [Niehaus 1971 Univ Calif Publ Bot 60:1–66]


B. terrestris Kellogg

Inflorescence: axis 0.5–20 cm; pedicels 1–15 cm
Flower: perianth blue-violet, tube 6–13 mm, narrowly bell-shaped (opaque, not splitting in fruit), lobes ascending, 10–20 mm, tips recurved; staminodes leaning inward slightly but held away from stamens, 4–5 mm, violet to whitish, margin inrolled 1/4, tip slightly hooded, ± 2-notched; filaments 2–3 mm, narrowly triangular-winged, anthers 3–6 mm, pollen chambers ± separated; ovary 7–9 mm, style 4–9 mm
Ecology: Grassland, open woodlands
Elevation: 0–1500 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, w Outer North Coast Ranges, s Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, Central Western California, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Distribution outside California: s Oregon

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