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Bulbous herbs. Leaves radical, biseriate, sessile. Inflorescences umbellate, few- to 1-flowered, with 1 or 2 spathes. Flowers white. Stamens inserted in the throat, basally connected by a thin membrane (false corona) which is sometimes 1- or 2-toothed between the filaments; Ovary with 10 or more biseriate ovules filling each cell; Capsules loculicidal, 3-valved. Seeds angular by pressure, black.


Asia present, Asia-Tropical, S Europa present, Tropical Africa present
About 15 species in S Europa, tropical Africa and Asia, a few cultivated; in Malesia one indigenous species and a few others cultivated.