Christmas Bells Family

Perennial fibrous-rooted rhizomatous herbs. Leaves simple, entire, linear, basal. Flowers radially symmetrical, bisexual, in terminal scapose racemes. Tepals 3+3, fused into a bellshaped tube; individual flower stalks not articulated. Stamens 6, free or attached to the tepals. Ovary superior, 3-chambered with numerous ovules. Fruit a many-seeded, dry dehiscent capsule. Seeds brown, papillate. Closely related families include the Asteliaceae and Hypoxidaceae.

John Conran.

1 genus in E Australia.

Rhizomatous perennial rosette herbs with large, pendulous, bell-shaped, red to yellow flowers and furry brown seeds.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Blandfordiaceae. 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
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genus        Blandfordia Sm.