The Phormiaceaefamilyconsists of up to 7 genera andapproximately 36 species spread in the tropical and subtropical regions in all continents, except for Europe.The greatest diversity of members is in Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia,NewZealand, the islands in the Pacific Ocean and in South America. In Australiaalone there are spread 4 genera and20 species.
In some classifications, the species of the Phormiaceaefamilyare often included in the Liliaceaefamily.
They are primarily herbaceous plants withlinear, most often hard, leaves with parallel veins. The flowersare gathered (a few or many of them) on common stalks most often in racemes of the panicletype. The fruits are a capsule, while the seedsare primarily egg-shaped in dark brown to black color.