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Climbing, or less often erect, glabrous herbs. Leaves cauline, alternate, opposite or in whorls of 3 (4), flat, with many veins and a strong midrib, sessile, entire, lanceolate to ovate, slightly amplexicaul, obtuse at the base, narrowing gradually to an apical, coiled tendril (sometimes lacking tendrils in erect forms); Ovary superior, sessile, oblong-ovoid to oblong-obovoid, 3-celled, 1 cell slightly shorter than the other 2; Capsule coriaceous, septicidal;


Asia-Tropical:, Indiapresent Burma: present Madagascar: present SE. Asia: present Tropical and southern Africa: present West Malesia: present
Widespread in tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, India, Burma and SE. Asia, as far as West Malesia.


Stated by Field (1971, 1972) to be monotypic. In Malesia only a single indigenous species has ever been recognized, although other species have been described elsewhere.


Hutch. - in Fam. Fl. Pl., ed. 2. 1959: 606
Field - in Kew Bull. 1971: 243
Linne, Gen. Pl., ed. 5. 1754: 144
Baker - in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1879: 457
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 266
Linne - in Lilies and other Liliaceae. 1972: 93