There are about 16 species in this genus. They have been moved around several times, having existed in Liliaceae, Anthericacea and Agavaceae families, but now settled in the Asparagaceae family. Even some of the species have been moved around as well, some having gone back and forward to the Dichopogon genus.
All plants are endemic to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Madagascar making it a true Gondwana plant.
They are rhizomatous perennials that may regenerate every few years. Plants have strap-like leaves and nodding, star-shaped flowers in summer. Most are easily grown from seed without much in the way of germination triggers.
Name Derivation: From the Greek arthro (jointed) and podion (foot), meaning a small foot in reference to the jointed pedicels of the flowers
Athropodium is in the family Asparagaceae.