Arthropodium R.Br.

Greek arthro – a joint, podium – a foot, referring to the articulated individual flower stalks.

Perennial or evergreen rhizomatous herb with thick or tuberous roots. Leaves in a basal rosette, linear to broadly lanceolate. Flowers radially symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks articulated. Inflorescence a many-flowered raceme or panicle. Tepals 3+3, 3 nerved, free, not twisting when withered. Stamens 3+3, free, with hairy or papillate anther appendages, often appearing as hairy filaments; anthers dehiscing by apical pores. Ovary superior, ovoid. Fruit a capsule. Seeds d-shaped, black, without appendages. [Dichopogon Kunth]

Grown in moist shade on well-drained soils.

About 18 species mostly endemic to Australia, but extending to New Guinea and with species in Madagascar, New Caledonia, and New Zealand.

Rhizomatous habit; flowers with superior ovaries; articulated individual flower stalks; hairy or papillate anther appendages and black seeds without appendages.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Laxmanniaceae. 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       Asparagaceae
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