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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Hippeastrum

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

About 90 species and over 600 hybrids, native from Mexico to Argentina, and the Caribbean. Two species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hippeastrum puniceum (Barbados lily)

Native to South America and the Caribbean.


Hippeastrum reticulatum

Native to Brazil.


Hippeastrum x johnsonii




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.