Asphodelaceae or the Aloe or Asphodel family was separated out of Liliaceae. APG II suggests that this family could optionally be included in Xanthorrhoeaceae. Plants in this family have fibrous, tuberous or rhizomatous roots. Most have fleshy leaves in a spiral or in two ranks, often with spiny margins. Some develop woody stems and grow into trees. Flowers are white to yellow, orange or red, bisexual with 6 tepals and stamens and a 3 chambered ovary. The fruit is a capsule; seeds are brown or greyish-black.

Genera from this family with wiki pages are: Asphodeline, Asphodelus, Bulbine, Bulbinella, Eremurus, Kniphofia, Paradisea, Trachyandra.

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