brodiea


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brodiea

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brodiaea

(both: brədē`ə), any plant of the genus Brodiaea, herbs of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family), with narrow leaves and blue or purple star-shaped flowers. The many North American species include the golden brodiea (B. ixioides) and the common, or white, brodiea (B. hyacinthina), called also wild hyacinth. Both are found in hilly regions of the Pacific states. Temperate South American species include the spring starflower (B. uniflora), which is commonly cultivated. The small onionlike bulbs of brodieas were eaten by Native Americans and called "grass nuts." Brodiea is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Liliales, family Liliaceae.