Burchardia R.Br.

Named for J.H. Burckhard (1676–1738) a German botanist.

Perennial short-rhizomatous herbs with fleshy roots. Leaves annual in a basal rosette or along stems, sheathing, linear. Flowers widely-opening, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, many-flowered umbel or umbellate panicle.Tepals 3+3, free. Stamens 3+3, free. Styles 3, free. Fruit a dehiscent capsule; seeds arillate, red-brown.

About 5 species endemic to Australia.

1-2 linear leaves and umbels of free-petalled flowers with reddish purple ovaries and free 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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
family       Colchicaceae
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species         Burchardia umbellata R.Br.