Proiphys Herb.

Greek proi-early and phyo- bring forth, referring to the premature germination of the seed,

Perennial herbs with bulbs. Leaf blades broadly ovate with a prominent midrib and looped primary veins, long-stalked, the stalk deeply channelled. Flowers regular, in umbels with 2-4 ovate bracts, stalked, white. Perianth with spreading lobes that are united at the base. Stamens attached on the corona at the mouth of the tube. Ovary inferior with 1 or 3 chambers having parietal ovule placentation. Fruit dehiscing irregularly to release 1-3 large seeds. [Eurycles Salisb.]

Occasionally grown in pots and the border in warm regions for the attractive veined leaves. The flowers are insignificant.

Seed and bulb offsets.

Leaves reminiscent of Hosta, broad-bladed with arching veins, the stalks long and channelled; flowers white.

4 species from SE Asia to northern and eastern Australia (1 species endemic).

Source: Ashburner, W.; Ashburner, C.; Spencer, R. (2005). Narcissus. 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       Amaryllidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Proiphys cunninghamii (Lindl.) Mabb.