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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Boophone

[= Boophane]

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

Two species, both native to southern Africa. Boophone disticha is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Boophone haemanthoides

Boophone disticha (Fan-leaved boophone, Poison bulb, Sore-eye flower, Tumblehead)


  • Dyer, R.A. 1953. Boophone disticha. Flowering Plants of Africa 29: pl. 1141.
  • Leighton, F.M. 1947. Boophone haemanthoides. Journal of South African Botany 13: 59-61.