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Family: Asphodelaceae

Citation: Willd., Enum. Hort. Berol. 372 (1809).

Derivation: Greek bolbos and Latin bulbu& a bulb.

Synonymy: Bulbinopsis Borzi, Boll. Orto Bot. Palermo 1:20 (1897).

Common name: Bulbine lilies, yellow lilies.

Perennial herbs, with succulent radical leaves.

Simple racemes of yellow flowers, the pedicels solitary and articulate immediately below the flower; perianth-segments 6, equal, free or almost so, yellow, with 1 green longitudinal nerve, more or less twisted and deciduous after flowering; stamens 6, 3 or all the filaments bearded above the middle or immediately under the anther with a dense golden tuft of clayate hairs; ovary 3-celled, with 2-several superposed ovules in each cell, the style undivided.

Capsule almost globular, opening loculicidally in 3 valves; seeds black, trigonous, opaque, often rugose, but some of the ovules usually abortive.

Distribution:  About 60 species, mainly in Africa; 3 in Australia. Baijnath (1978) Brunonia 1:117-120 considers that the Australian species, formerly separated as Bulbinopsis, should be retained in Bulbine.)

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Perianth-segments 10-15 mm long; rootstock tuberous
B. bulbosa 2.
1. Perianth-segments 4-6 mm long; rootstock not tuberous
2. Seeds winged; capsules 4.5-8 mm long
B. alata 1.
2. Seeds not winged; capsules 2-5 mm long
B. semibarbata 3.

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