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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, fibrous-coated corm with daughter corms
Leaves basal, 1–2, linear-lanceolate, keeled, margin entire, withered in flower
Inflorescence umbel-like, stiff, straight, cylindric; bracts 2–4, scarious in flower; pedicels long, ray-like, erect; flowers 10–35+
Flower: perianth segments 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, barely fused at base, golden-yellow, striped brownish, lobes widely spreading; stamens 6, filaments ± 6 mm, thread-like, with cup-like, winged, basal appendage 3 mm, anthers attached near middle; style 5 mm, thread- or club-like, persistent, stigma 3-lobed
Fruit: capsule, 5–6 mm, subspheric, 3-angled, sessile, loculicidal
Seeds angled, black; coat wrinkled
Species in genus: 2 species: c&s CA, n Baja CA
Etymology: (H.G. Bloomer, early San Francisco botanist)
Reference: [Hoover 1955 Herbertia 11:13–23]

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