Kon-va-la-ri-a'se-e. L. Convallari-a + aceae, fr. L. con, together, + vallis, valley - a valley enclosed on all sides - i. e., alluding to the preferred place of growth of some species. Leafy-stemmed, erect herbs. Distinguished by having branched rootstocks, never bulbs or corms; leaves broad, parallel-veined, perianth 6-lobed or toothed, stamens 6, ovary 2-3-celled, superior; fruit fleshy berry, stigma 3-lobed; temperate climates; purgative, emetic, diuretic, diaphoretic, alterative, poisonous.

Genus: 1. Colchicum.