Schelhammera R.Br.

Named for G.C. Shelhammer (1649–1716) a German botanist.

Perennial rhizomatous herbs with small, distant root tubers. Leaves several along erect or prostrate, simple or branched stems. Flowers star-shaped, erect, spreading, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescence 1- to several-flowered, terminal or axillary. Tepals 3+3, free, basally clawed. Stamens 3+3, free. Styles 3, basally fused. Fruit a capsule. Seeds arillate, brown to yellow.

Grown for the attractive form and flowers.

2 species from moist forests in E Australia and New Guinea.

Erect shoots from short rhizome; mostly terminal flowers; glandless, clawed tepals.

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
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Schelhammera undulata R.Br.