Melanthiaceae (False-Hellebore Family)

Characteristics of the Melanthiaceae (False-Hellebore) family

  • Bunches of small white or greenish, lily-like flowers with 3 sepals and 3 petals that are identical in size and color, plus 6 stamens, and a 3-parted pistil
  • In most species the pistil has 3 styles which have not completely fused together as they have in the Lily family
  • Ovary is positioned superior or nearly so, and consists of 3 united carpels with the partition walls present, forming an equal number of chambers. It matures as a capsule with 2 or more seeds per chamber
Associated Plants