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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

Liliaceae - The Lily Family


Caulescent or acaulescent perennial herbs from corms or scaly bulbs. Leaves mostly basal and grasslike or the leaves cauline and alternate to opposite or whorled, linear to linear-lanceolate, parallel-veined. Flowers perfect, regular, often showy; perianth of 6 petaloid tepals in 2 series of 3; stamens 6; stigma capitate or 3-lobed, style simple (in those included here), ovary superior or inferior, 3-celled, many-ovuled with axile placentation, maturing into a many-seeded capsule.

Lead Characteristic Go To
1 Leaves mainly basal; flowers yellow, the tepals 5-12 mm long; ovary inferior. Genus Hypoxis
1 Leaves cauline; flowers orange-red with dark spots (very rarely solid yellow), the tepals 4-8 cm long; ovary superior. Genus Lilium

67. Liliaceae, the Lily Family
1. Hypoxis L. -- Stargrass
1. Hypoxis hirsuta (L.) Cov. -- Yellow stargrass
2. Lilium L. -- Lily
1. Lilium philadelphicum L. -- Wild lily


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