• WordNet 3.6
    • n Tofieldia genus of perennial herbs of cool temperate regions; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tofieldia A genus of liliaceous plants, of the tribe Narthecieæ. It is characterized by septicidal fruit, nearly sessile flowers, six introrse anthers, and three very short styles. There are about 14 species, natives of north temperate and cold regions, with 1 or 2 species in the Andes. They are erect perennials from a short or creeping root-stock, with linear leaves, all or chiefly radical, and small flowers in a terminal spike. A book-name for the species is false asphodel. T. palustris, the Scotch asphodel, the only British species, produces short grassy leaves, and little yellowish-green flowers compacted into globular or ovoid heads; it occurs in Canada with whitish flowers. Three other species are natives of the eastern United States, and one other of Oregon.
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