Merendera Ramond

From quita meriendas, Spanish for Colchicum.

Perennial stemless, cormous herbs. Leaves basal, sheathing. Flowers opening wide, radially symmetrical, more or less stalkless. Inflorescence terminal, 1- to few-flowered. Tepals 3+3, free, clawed. Stamens 3+3, attached to the tepal bases. Styles 3, free. Fruit a capsule, opening apically. Seeds spherical, red-brown.

About 10 species from S Europe to W and C Asia and N Africa.

Basal leaves and free-tepalled, more or less stalkless flowers with the ovary deeply buried at the time the flower opens.

Apostolova & Petrova (1997).

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