Author: Jan Scholten
Genera: Amianthium, Anticlea, Chamaelirium, Chionographis, Helonias, Heloniopsis, Isidrogalvia, Melanthium, Paris, Schoenocaulon, Stenanthium, Toxicoscordion, Trillium, Veratrum, Xerophyllum, Ypsilandra, Zigadenus.
Melanthiaceae is one of the bigger families in Lililaes.
Melanthiaceae is Subphase 5 of Liliales.
They have their place, do a lot but feel limited by it, there should be more. They have an outgoing quality, behaving as if the world belongs to them. But there is also a fear that are they are not accepted and easily neglected. So they have to make themselves bigger, boasting of what they are and can do in order to be really accepted. It is a difficult state as they want to preserve their position of being great and good and on the other hand feel they are losing it and will be treated easily and at any moment as a beggar.