Herbs, perennial, scapose, from brown, globose to ovoid, tunicate bulb. Leaves several; blade linear-ligulate, base sheathing. Scape stout, hollow [slender, solid]. Inflorescences umbellate, 2–5(–7)-flowered, spathaceous; spathe bracts 2, free or entirely adnate on 1 side, appearing monophyllous. Flowers nodding; perianth campanulate; tepals 6, distinct, oblanceolate to ovate, equal; stamens 6, distinct; anthers basifixed, conic, longer than filaments, blunt apically, dehiscing by terminal pores; ovary inferior, green, 3-locular, globose, septal nectaries present; style filiform or clavate, exceeding anthers; stigma minutely capitate. Fruits capsular, erect, pyriform to subglobose, dehiscence loculicidal; pericarp somewhat fleshy. Seeds numerous, black, appendages absent. x = 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
"Fls regular, the 6 equal, distinct tep forming a funnelform or campanulate perianth; anthers opening at the apex, on short filaments; ovules numerous in each of the 3 locules of the inferior ovary; seeds rounded; perennial herbs from a coated bulb, with elongate, linear, basal lvs and an erect hollow scape; fls solitary or few in an umbel, peduncled, subtended by 1 or 2 bracts. 12, mainly Mediterranean."
Crespo, M. B. M., D. Lledo, M. F. Fay, and M. W. Chase. 1996. Molecular phylogeny of Leucojum based on ITS sequences. [Abstract.] Amer. J. Bot. 83(6, suppl.): 149. Stern, F. C. 1956. Snowdrops and Snowflakes—A Study of the Genera Galanthus and Leucojum. London.
|Snowflake, nivéole [Greek leukos, white, and ion, violet, alluding to the color and scent of the flowers]|