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