Chamaescilla is a genus of Australian herbs in the subfamily Hemerocallidoideae within the asphodel family.[3] They have grass-like basal leaves and tuberous roots. The flowers have six petals (each with three nerves) and six stamens. The seed capsules contain black, glossy seeds.[4][5]

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Chamaescilla sp.
near Bolgart, Western Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae
Genus: Chamaescilla
F.Muell. ex Benth.[1][2]


Four species were accepted as of July 2020:[6]

Formerly included:[9]

(See Arthropodium.)


  1. ^ "Chamaescilla". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  2. ^ Bentham, George 1878. Flora australiensis:a description of the plants of the Australian territory 7: 48-49 in English
  3. ^ McLay, T. & Bayly, M. (2016). "A new family placement for Australian blue squill, Chamaescilla: Xanthorrhoeaceae (Hemerocallidoideae), not Asparagaceae". Phytotaxa. 275 (2): 97–111. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.275.2.2.
  4. ^ "Chamaescilla". Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  5. ^ Atlas of Living Australia, genus Chamaescilla
  6. ^ "Chamaescilla F.Muell. ex Benth". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  7. ^ Corrick, M.G.; Fuhrer, B.A. (2001). Wildflowers of Victoria and adjoining areas. Australia: Bloomings Books. ISBN 1876473142.
  8. ^ "Wildflowers of the British Isles". Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  9. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families