Liriope Lour.

Turf Lily

Greek Lirope – a nymph in Greek mythology.

Perennial evergreen, short-stemmed rhizomatous herbs with sometimes tuberous roots. Leaves several, linear. Flowers cup-shaped, erect, slightly bilaterally symmetrical, stalked, stalks articulated. Inflorescence a many-flowered panicle. Tepals 6, free or fused basally. Stamens 6, attached to tepal bases. Ovary superior. Fruit rupturing to produce a cluster of fleshy seeds resembling berries. Seeds ovoid, fleshy, berry-like, blue-black.

Grown, often as an edging plant, mostly for the grassy leaves.

About 8 species from China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines.

Flowers usually erect; superior ovary completely free from the perianth segments; anthers oblong (blunt at the tip); flower stalks short (only a few mm) cf. Ophiopogon.

Hume (1961).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Convallariaceae. 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         Liriope muscari (Decne.) L.H. Bailen.
species         Liriope spicata Lour.