Greek Bulbine – ancient name for a bulb, ella – denotes a diminutive.
Perennial stemless herbs with fleshy roots. Leaves annual in a basal rosette, sheathing, linear. Flowers widely opening, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, many-flowered dense raceme.Tepals 3+3, free. Stamens 3+3, equal, free; anthers attached in the middle, shorter than or equalling tepals. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds angular, black.
About 4 species used horticulturally, only two generally grown in southern Australia.
The rosette leaves from fleshy roots; racemes of densely packed widely opening bright yellow flowers with anthers attached in the middle.
About 20 species from S Africa and New Zealand.
Perry (1987, 1999).
Source: (2005). Bulbinella. 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.