Asphodelus L.

Greek asphodelos – ancient name for this and related plants.

Annual or perennial rhizomatous herbs with fleshy roots. Leaves annual in a basal rosette or along stems, sheathing, linear. Flowers widely opening, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks articulated. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, many-flowered raceme or panicle.Tepals 3+3, free or united basally. Stamens 6, equal, free. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds winged, black.

John Conran.

12 species from S Europe to the Himalayas.

The rosette leaves; tall racemes of widely opening more or less bilaterally symmetrical flowers with 1 nerved tepals.

Source: Conran, J.; Forster, P. (2005). Asphodelaceae. 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      Asparagales
family       Asphodelaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Asphodelus fistulosus L.