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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 from spheric, tan, fibrous-coated corm; cormlets sessile
Leaves basal, 23, narrowly lanceolate, keeled, glabrous, entire, often withered at flower
Inflorescence umbel-like, open; axis 2100 cm, stiff, erect, cylindric; bracts ± lanceolate, ± scarious; pedicels ± erect, generally > perianth; flowers generally many
Flower: perianth tube generally funnel-shaped, lobes 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, generally ascending to spreading; stamens 6, filaments appendages generally 0, anthers attached at middle, generally angled away from stigma; style 1, stigma weakly 3-lobed
Fruit: capsule, generally stalked, ovoid, loculicidal
Seeds subspheric, black
Species in genus: 14 species: w North America, especially n&c CA
Etymology: (Greek: three complete, because all flower parts in 3's)
Reference: [Hoover 1941 Amer Midl Naturalist 25:73100]
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Leaf 3050 cm, 410 mm wide
Inflorescence 3040 cm, smooth; pedicels 3080 mm
Flower: perianth light blue, tube 710 mm, lobes 1015 mm; filaments 2 mm, attached at 2 levels, triangular, anthers 1.5 mm, purple; ovary stalk = ovary
Ecology: Damp clefts, rocky walls
Elevation: 0150 m.
Bioregional distribution: s Channel Islands (San Clemente Island)
Synonyms: Brodiaea c. (Hoover) Munz
Horticultural information: In cultivation.