This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(meaning uncertain). Including Tricharis and Uropetalum. Liliacese. Tender bulbous scapose plants of minor importance, allied to Galtonia.
Leaves radical, thickish, narrowly linear: scape simple and leafless, bearing loose racemes of odd-colored flowers; perianth with a cylindrical tube, the lobes mostly equaling or exceeding the tube, the 3 exterior ones spreading or flaring and the 3 interior usually shorter and erect; stamens 6, on the throat of the perianth, the anthers linear and attached by the back; ovary sessile, ovoid or oblong, becoming a 3-sidea dehiscent caps.: bulb tunicated. - About 50 species in S. Eu.; tropical and S. Africa and India. During the winter, their resting time, the bulbs should be kept dry. A compost of light, sandy loam and leaf-mold has been recommended. Many species have been described in recent years from tropical and S. Africa, and some of them may be expected to appear in the trade, and in lists of novelties.
A. All perianth-segments equally long. (Tricharis.)
Medikus. Leaves 5-6, fleshy-herbaceous, glabrous, narrowly linear, 6-12 in. long, 2-3 lines wide near the base, channeled on the face: scape 4-12 in. long; raceme loose, 4-12-flowered; bracts lanceolate, 4-6 lines long, longer than the pedicels; perianth greenish brown, 5-6 lines long; ovary sessile or subsessile. S. Eu., N. Africa B.M. 859 (as Scilla serolina).
aa. Outer perianth-segments longer than the inner and tailed. (Uropetalum.) filamentosum, Medikus (D. viride, Moench). Leaves 5-6, fleshy-herbaceous, narrowly linear, glabrous, 1 ft. long, 1 1/2-3 lines wide near the base: scape 1-2 ft. high; raceme loose, 6-15-flowered; bracts linear-acuminate, 4-6 lines long; perianth green, 12-15 lines long, outer segments 4-6 lines longer than the inner: caps, sessile or nearly so. S. Africa Wilhelm Miller.
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