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.
Source: (2005). Bowiea. 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.