Convallariaceae – Lilies of the Valley

The members of the family are spread primarily in the Northern hemisphere. Convallariaceae includes perennial rhizome herbaceous plants.They are characterized with simple, uncut, oblong egg-shaped leaves. The flowers are bisexual, with cyme (top) racemes. Pollination is primarily done entomophilically (via insects). The fruit is berry-like or a succulent capsule. The species contain alkaloids and are applied in medicine.
In older classifications the family included also the Liliaceae orAsparagaceaefamilies, while in other newer ones it was part of the Ruscaceaefamily.