The genus was formerly classified as a member of the families Lentibulariaceae and Droseraceae but now is classified in Byblidaceae. Byblis gigantea was first discovered by James Drummond. The carnivorous nature of Byblis was suggested by Ms. A. Nikon Bruce during the early 1900s. Byblis gigantea and B. liniflora are the sole species in this genus and are indigenous to Australia and New Guinea. The name Byblis is derived from the Greek word "byblis" which refers to a nymph who loved her brother.

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