Belamcanda Adans.

Latinised form of an unknown native name.

Perennial herb with rhizome. Leaves flat, linear, 2-ranked along the erect stems. Flowers in a loose panicle, erect, radially symmetrical, on stalks longer than the spathes. Perianth tube short; lobes equal, spirally twisted after flowering. Style branches 3, filiform, unbranched.

2 species from E Asia.

Spotted flowers, leaves in two rows along stem.


B. chinensis is used as a medicinal herb.

Source: Cooke, D. (2005). Iridaceae. 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      Asparagales
family       Iridaceae