Onixotis Raf.

Greek onos – ass or donkey, otis – ear; referring to the shape of the tepals.

Perennial short-rhizomatous herbs. Leaves annual, basal, sheathing. Flowers opening wide, radially symmetrical, stalkless. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, many-flowered spike. Tepals 3+3, free. Stamens 3+3, attached to the tepal bases. Styles 3, free. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds red-brown. Syn. Dipidax Salisb.

Grown for the attractive flowers in full sun to light shade.

2 species endemic to southern Africa, only one in general cultivation.

Spikes of free-petalled flowers with reddish-purple nectary spots and ovaries with free styles.

Baker (1897), Wijnlands (1991).

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