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Caespitose to rhizomatous herbs. Inflorescences axillary or terminal in panicles of fan-shaped and few-flowered cymes or of many-flowered clusters, each with 1-2 spathes. Flowers actinomorphic, pedicelled, bluish or yellowish. Stamens 3, united into a tube at the base, rarely nearly free. Ovary: Capsules exserted. Seeds small, globose.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Australasia, Central and South America present, East Malesia present, New Zealand present
About 100 spp. in Central and South America, 1 native sp. in New Zealand, Australia and East Malesia (New Guinea); also one species introduced.


The Papuan-Australasian species was mostly arranged in the closely allied genus Libertia SPR. However, the tepals are not dimorphic but about similar so that it must be arranged in Sisyrinchium.


FOSTER 1948 – In: Contr. Gray Herb.: 28
JOHNSTON 1938 – In: J. Arn. Arb.: 376