from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of liliaceous plants, type of the tribe Uvularieæ. They are characterized by having a slightly branched stem, and terminal pendulous flowers with erect and connivent or finally spreading segments. The 5 species are all natives of the eastern and central United States, 2 of them southern, the others extending into Canada. They are delicate plants growing from a thick or creeping rootstock, with erect stems, at first wrapped below in a few dry sheaths, above bearing alternate sessile or perfoliate ovate and lanceolate leaves. The solitary or twin flowers hang from recurving pedicels, and are followed by triangular-ovoid capsules. They are known as bellwort, especially the perfoliate species, U. perfoliata and U. grandiflora, which are widely distributed. The sessile-leafed species, U. sesilifolia, puberula, and Floridana, are now by some separated as a genus, Oakesia. See figures under sessile, perfoliate, and stoma.
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- n. genus of perennial rhizomatous herb of southern and southeastern United States
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