Scientific Name:
Romulea Maratti, Pl. Romul. Saturn. 13 (1772)
  • = Trichonema Ker Gawl., Bot. Mag. 16: Pl. 575 (1802)

Summer-green perennial. Corm small; tunic hard, woody, brown, usually smooth. Stem often not protruding above ground or else hidden by sheathing leaf-bases, occasionally elongate. Leaves few, much > stems, channelled, filiform, terete or compressed-cylindrical. Scape 1-several, emerging successively. Flower solitary, terminal, actinomorphic, often brightly coloured, usually funnel-shaped, within 2 spathe-valves; tube usually very short; lobes usually equal, ± spreading. Stamens symmetrical. Style-branches 3, usually deeply bifid. Capsule shortly cylindrical or ellipsoid, coriaceous. Seeds numerous, globose or angled.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Romulea Maratti
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual1
Hobbs, J.; Hatch, T. 1994: Bulbs for New Zealand Gardens. Godwit Press, Auckland.
Ker Gawler, J.B. 1802: Trichonema Cruciatum. Channel-leaved Trichonema. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 16: Pl. 575–next 2 pp.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Maratti, G.F. 1772: Plantarum Romuleae, et Saturniae.