Bulbocodium L.

Latin bulbo – having a bulb, codon – a bell, referring to the bell-shaped flowers emerging from the bulb-like corm.

Perennial cormous herbs. Leaves annual in a basal rosette, sheathing, linear. Flowers bell-shaped, clawed, radially symmetrical, shortly stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a terminal, more or less stalkless, 1- to many-flowered umbel emerging from a tubular sheath. Tepals 3+3, fused, with 3 basal fused teeth internally. Stamens 3+3, attached to tepal tube. Styles 3, fused basally. Fruit a dehiscent capsule; seeds spherical, brown.

Grown for the attractive flowers. Sometimes included within Colchicum.

One species is sometimes grown in Australia.

2 species from S and E Europe.

Clustered linear leaves and stalkless clusters of bell-shaped, clawed flowers with 3 fused basal teeth and basally fused styles.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Colchicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
family       Colchicaceae