• J. G. Conran
  • P. J. Rudall
Part of the The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants book series (FAMILIES GENERA, volume 3)


Hermaphrodite, perennial, terrestrial herbs with short erect stems from short thick rhizomes; roots thickened; leaves alternate, basal, numerous, more or less sheathing; leaf blades dorsiventral, linear, parallel-veined. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, pedunculate, leafy, spike-like condensed panicle; flowers clustered, hypogynous, small, greenish white to brownish purple, with brownish veins; perianth persistent, of 2 similar trimerous tepal whorls; tepals free, connivent basally into a short tube with linear, spreading limbs; stamens 3, attached to the inner tepals; filaments free, short, flat; anthers linear, basifixed, introrse, dehiscent longitudinally; ovary sessile, syncarpous, 3-locular, ovary ovoid, slightly 3-lobed; septal nectaries present; style short, filiform; stigma small, capitate; ovules anatropous, 2 in each locule, placentation axile; fruit an ovoid to oblong loculicidal capsule; seeds 1–2 in each locule, black, spindle-shaped, carinate; testa thick, phytomelan encrusted, endosperm fleshy; embryo cylindric.


Terrestrial Herb Ubisch Body Perigone Tube Outer Tangential Wall Outer Epidermal Cell 
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