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.
Source: (2005). Convallariaceae. 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.