Chlorogalum (Lindl.) Kunth

Soap Plant

Greek chloro – yellow-green, gala – milk, possibly referring to the greenish-yellow midvein on the tepals.

Perennial, bulbous herb, bulb fibrous tunicate. Leaves basal, linear. Flowers radially symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks articulated. Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Tepals 3+3, 3-nerved, free, twisting after flowering. Stamens 6, free. Ovary superior. Fruit a capsule. Seeds elongate, rough, black.

5 species from western coastal North America.

Bulb with panicles of flowers with 3-nerved tepals which twist at withering.

Hoover (1940b).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Bowiea. 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         Chlorogalum pomeridianum (DC.) Kunth