Syst. Veg. 1: 127. 1824

Etymology: for Marie A. Libert, 1782–1863, Belgian botanist and student of liverworts
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 350. Mentioned on page 17.

Herbs, perennial, from creeping rhizomes. Stems branched or rarely simple. Leaves mostly basal; blade flat, ensiform. Inflorescences rhipidiate; spathes green. Flowers lasting one day, actinomorphic; tepals spreading, distinct, white [blue], unequal, outer whorl smaller than inner; filaments shortly connate basally; anthers not appressed to style branches; style dividing into 3 filiform branches, extending between stamens below anthers. Capsules ± ovoid, cartilaginous to woody. Seeds many, angular; seed coat light to dark brown. x = 19.


Introduced; Australasia, South America (Andes).


Species ca. 11 (1 in the flora).

Selected References


Lower Taxa