Colchicaceae is a family of perennial flowering plants that includes 15 genera with a total of about 285 known species. They are distributed worldwide with genera and species in Australia, South Africa, Europe, and Asia
The family is characterized by the presence of colchicine, a deadly poison. They grow from a corm or rhizome. Leaves are few, mainly basal or borne on the stiff, erect stem. The best known member of the family is the Autumn Crocus – which is not actually a crocus at all.
Name Derivation: The family of plants that include Colchine.