Greek triplus – triple, aden – a gland, referring to the glands at the tepal bases.
Perennial rhizomatous herbs with fibrous roots. Leaves several along erect, simple stems. Flowers starshaped, erect, spreading, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks articulated, with 3 small bracts at the articulation point. Inflorescences 1- or occasionally several-flowered, axillary. Tepals 3+3, free, not clawed, with paired, stalked, branched, basal glands. Stamens 3+3, free. Styles 3, basally united. Fruit a capsule. Seeds arillate, brown to yellow. Syn. Kreysigia Reichb.
Grown for the attractive form and flowers. The name Kreysigia (actually an illegal synonym for Schelhammera) has been consistently and persistently applied (in error) to these plants, and its use should be discontinued.
1 species from moist forests in SE Australia.
Erect shoots from a short rhizome and axillary flowers with articulated, bracteate stalks, and glandular, unclawed tepals.
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.