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Genus: Ammocharis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Amaryllidaceae

Seven species, native to sub-Saharan Africa, with six species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Ammocharis baumii  


Ammocharis coranica (Ammocharis, Ground lily)

Widespread in southern Africa, from Oudtshoorn to southern Angola and Zimbabwe. Occurs on seasonally damp flats.

Ammocharis falcata


Ammocharis longifolia (Malgas lily)

Occurs in southern Namibia, lower Gariep Valley, western Namaqualand through to Cape Peninsula and from there through to Bonnievale. Found in flat areas and on slopes in sand soils or stony alluvial soils.

Ammocharis nerinoides


Ammocharis tinneana (Northern ammocharis)


  • Milne-Redhead, E. and Schweickerdt, H.G. 1939. A new conception of the genus Ammocharis Herb. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 52: 159-197.

  • Pole Evans, I.B. 1938. Ammocharis coranica. Flowering Plants of South Africa 18: pl. 712.