M. E. Jones

Zoë 4: 53. 1893.

Common names: Sand lily
Etymology: Greek eremos, desert, and krinon, lily
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 216. Mentioned on page 57.

Herbs, perennial, caulescent, glabrous, from short, vertical rhizomes with fleshy roots. Leaves 8–12, basal, tufted, each tuft surrounded basally by fibrous, persistent sheaths; blade linear. Inflorescences terminal, racemose, spikelike, elongate, dense, bracteate. Flowers rather showy, not obviously fragrant; perianth persistent, white to greenish white, with 3 greenish to brown stripes, these confluent terminally; tepals 6, shortly connate proximally, spreading distally, oblong, equal; perianth tube stipelike; stamens 6, hypogynous, 1-seriate; filaments linear, flattened, ca. 1/2 length of tepals; anthers basifixed, becoming strongly incurved, introrse; ovary superior, 3-locular, ovules few per locule; style filiform, elongate; stigma discoid; pedicel short, slender, subtended by scarious bract. Fruits capsular, 3-lobed, globose, dehiscence loculicidal. Seeds 4–8(–12), black, angled.


s Utah and n Ariz.


Species 1.

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