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Genus: Brunsvigia (candelabra lilies)

Kandelaar [Afrikaans]

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

Eighteen species, all endemic to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Brunsvigia bosmaniae 

Brunsvigia comptonii

Brunsvigia cooperi

Brunsvigia elandsmontana

Brunsvigia grandiflora (Giant candelabra flower)

Brunsvigia gregaria

Brunsvigia herrei

Brunsvigia josephinae

Brunsvigia litoralis


Brunsvigia marginata (Small candelabra flower)

Brunsvigia namaquana


Brunsvigia natalensis (Natal candelabra flower)

Brunsvigia orientalis (Candelabra Flower)

Brunsvigia pulchra

Brunsvigia radula

Brunsvigia radulosa (Candelabra Flower)

Brunsvigia striata

[= Brunsvigia minor]

Brunsvigia undulata (Ruby brunsvigia)


  • Barker, W.F. 1963. Two new species of Amaryllidaceae. Journal of South African Botany 29: 163-166.
  • Dyer, R.A. 1950. A review of the genus Brunsvigia. Plant Life 6: 63-83.
  • Dyer, R.A. 1951. A review of the genus Brunsvigia. Plant Life 7: 44-64.
  • Goldblatt, P. 1972. Chromosome cytology in relation to classification in Nerine and Brunsvigia (Amaryllidaceae). Journal of South African Botany 38: 261-275.
  • Müller-Doblies, D. and Müller-Doblies, U. 1994. De liliifloris notulae 5. Some new taxa and combinations in the Amaryllidaceae tribe Amaryllideae from arid southern Africa. Feddes Repertorium 105: 331-363.
  • Snijman, D.A. 2001. A new species of Brunsvigia (Amaryllidaceae: Amaryllideae) from Western Cape, South Africa. Bothalia 31: 34-37.