Star Lily Family

Perennial mostly cormous or thick-rooted rhizomatous herbs. Leaves simple, entire, linear or broad and palm-like, basal, hairy. Flowers radially symmetrical, bisexual, 1-numerous in axillary scapose spikes or corymbs.Tepals 3+3 (rarely 2+2), free or fused basally; individual flower stalks not articulated. Stamens 6 (rarely 4), attached to the tepals. Ovary inferior, 3- chambered with numerous ovules. Fruit a many seeded, dry dehiscent capsule. Seeds black, sometimes with appendages.

John Conran.

The most closely related family is Asteliaceae.A few genera are grown for the flowers and/or pleated foliage.

About 9 genera world wide especially the Southern Hemisphere, and mostly in Africa.

The corms of some Hypoxis and fruits of Molineria are edible.

Cormous habit; leaves often pleated; spike-like or corymbose inflorescences; flowers with inferior ovaries; non-articulated individual flower stalks; black seeds.

Hilliard & Burtt (1978).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Hypoxidaceae. 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      Liliales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Hypoxis L.
genus        Molineria Colla
genus        Rhodohypoxis Nel
genus        Spiloxene Salisb.