Thysanotus R.Br.

Fringe Lilies

49 species in Aust. (47 endemic, 2 native); all states and territories

Erect or trailing herbs with fibrous or tuberous roots. Leaves basal, linear. Flowers in umbels or panicles, rarely solitary. Perianth segments 6, blue or purple, free, persistent and spirally twisted after flowering; inner segments fringed and broader than the outer ones. Stamens 6, 3 somewhat longer than the others. Ovary 3-locular, with several seeds per loculus; style simple. Fruit a capsule. Seeds black.