Liriope

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Liriope

Description

Leaves usually basal, petioled or subpetioled linear to oblanceolate or lanceolate, many-nerved. Inflorescence a spike or raceme. Flowers solitary or fascicled in the axil of each bract. Ovary superior, sessile, ovoid to subglobose, 3-4-celled; Ovary wall rupturing early in the growth of the seeds which are therefore exposed during most of their development. Seeds black, globose or slightly elongate, with fleshy testa;

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Asia-Tropical: Japan: present N. Philippines: present North Malesia: present
About 5 spp., in Japan, China, Indo-China and North Malesia: N. Philippines.

Notes

Some species are widely grown as ornamentals.

Citation

Hume - in Baileya. 1961: 135
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 376
Wang & Tang - in Act. Phytotax. 1951: 331
L. H. Bailey - in Gent. Herb. 1929: 3