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Laxmannia was named after Erik Laxmann (1737-1796) a pastor and traveler who wrote on Siberian botany and sent specimens to Linnaeus. Plants rhizomatous or tufted shrubby perennials, occasional vines, leaves spiral or distichous, usually linear to linear-lanceolate. Perianth 3+3, stamens 3+3 or 3. Carpels 3, ovary inferior, several ovules per locule cf. Dracaenaceae.