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Bulbous herbs. Leaves radical, rarely biseriate, sessile or subpetiolate. Inflorescences umbellate, many- to 1-flowered, with 2 spathes; Flowers white or pinkish, sometimes with a red keel. Stamens inserted in the throat; Ovary with 1 to many ovules per cell; Fruits indehiscent or irregularly dehiscent, with a fleshy or membranous wall. Seeds globose or somewhat flattened, greenish or greyish.


Asia-Tropical, tropics present
About 100 species in the tropics; 2 indigenous species in Malesia. Other species are cultivated in gardens and may escape sometimes.