Brodiaea Sm.

Named for the Scottish botanist J. Brodie (1744–1824).

Perennial, cormous, tunicate herb. Leaves linear, not keeled, sheathing. Flowers funnel- to bellshaped. Inflorescence a several-flowered umbel, terminal. Tepals 3+3, fused basally, inner 3 lobes wider. Stamens 3, opposite inner tepals; sterile stamens 3, opposite outer tepals; all fused to tepal tube. Ovary ovoid, not stalked. Fruit a capsule. Seeds numerous, black.

2 species from California and Mexico.

Cormous geophyte with an umbel, anthers free but each with a basal cup.

Niehaus (1980).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Themidaceae. 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
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Brodiaea californica Lindl.