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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.



Bryan D. Ness

Perennial; bulb with 1–several large fleshy scales, 0–many small scales
Stem erect, simple (0 in non-flower plants)
Leaves alternate (or whorled below), sessile, linear to ± ovate (1 "bulb-leaf" in non-flower plants)
Inflorescence: raceme; bracts leaf-like
Flower generally nodding, bell- or cup-shaped; perianth segments 6, of 2 similar whorls; nectaries 6, on perianth parts; stamens 6, included, inserted at perianth base, anthers attached ± near middle; ovary ± sessile, style 1, entire or 3-branched
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, thin walled, ± rounded, 6-angled, or winged, chambers 3
Seeds many, 2 rows per chamber, flat, brownish
Species in genus: ± 100 species: n temp
Etymology: (Latin: dicebox, from fruit shape)
Reference: [Turrill & Sealy 1980 Hooker's Icones Plantarum 34:1–275]
Bulbs of some eaten by Indians of North America
Horticultural information: DRN: for pots or rock gardens; DRY when dormant. Most are very DFCLT.


F. falcata (Jeps.) D.E. Beetle


Bulb; large scales 2–4; small scales 8–32
Stem 0.7–2 dm
Leaves 2–6, alternate, ± fleshy near stem, 3.5–8.5 cm, widely linear, folded, sickle-shaped
Flower erect; perianth parts 1.5–2.2 cm, obovate, greenish outside, mottled rusty-brown and yellow inside; nectary indistinct, 1/2–2/3 perianth length, widely lanceolate to ± diamond-shaped, yellowish green spotted brownish; style divided ± 2/3
Fruit acutely angled
Chromosomes: 2n=24
Ecology: Serpentine talus
Elevation: 300–1200 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges (San Benito Co.)
Horticultural information: In cultivation.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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