L., Sp. Pl. 291 (1753).
Derivation: Greek krinon, a lily.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Tall bulbous herbs; leaves long, broad-linear, basal, spirally arranged, present during flowering.
Flowers large, usually white, sessile or pedicellate in an umbel which is at first enclosed in a spathe of 2 broad membranous bracts at the summit of a stout leafless scape; perianth deciduous, with a slender tube and 6 nearly equal lobes; corona 0; stamens 6, inserted at the base of the lobes; the anthers versatile, linear; style filiform, long; stigma capirate; ovary 3-celled, with several ovules superposed in 2 rows sunk in the axile placentas.
Capsule opening irregularly, with 2 or 3 seeds.
At least 100 species in the warmer parts of the world; about 10 species endemic to Australia; some garden ornamentals.
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