Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 210. 1803
e, w North America.
Species 2 (2 in the flora).
Xerophyllum, an endemic genus with one species in eastern and one in western North America, is distinct from other melanthoid genera with which it has long been associated (J. D. Ambrose 1975, 1980; P. Goldblatt 1995; C. Sterling 1980; M. Takahashi and S. Kawano 1989; F. H. Utech 1978c) and has recently been segregated in the tribe Xerophylleae S. Watson within the Melanthiaceae sensu stricto (M. N. Tamura 1998; W. B. Zomlefer 1997b), or in the monotypic family Xerophyllaceae (A. L. Takhtajan 1994, 1997).
Xerophyllum tenax and X. asphodeloides are both cultivated for their showy, white racemes. Any given offshoot plant may not flower for several years, but ultimately an unbranched, strongly bracteate, flowering stalk is produced which, along with the surrounding leaves, dies after fruiting.
|Author||Frederick H. Utech +|
|Distribution||e + and w North America. +|
|Etymology||Greek xeros, dry, and phyllon, leaf, alluding to the sclerified foliage +|
|Illustrator||Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey +|
|Publication title||Fl. Bor.-Amer. +|
|Publication year||1803 +|
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|Taxon family||Liliaceae +|
|Taxon name||Xerophyllum +|
|Taxon parent||Liliaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 26 +|