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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Drimia

[= Rhadamanthus, Tenicroa, Thuranthos, Urginea]

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: Asparagaceae

A total of 65 species, all endemic to southern Africa. Previously placed in the family Hyacinthaceae, which has been sunk under the Asparagaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Drimia acarophylla


Drimia albiflora

[= Rhadamanthus albiflorus]


Drimia altissima

[= Urginea altissima, Urginea epigea, Urginea micrantha]

Drimia angolensis

[= Schizobasis angolensis]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Drimia angustifolia

[= Thuranthos basuticum, Urginea basutica]

Drimia anomala


Drimia arenicola

[= Rhadamanthus arenicola]


Drimia barkerae


Drimia calcarata

[= Urginea calcarata, Urginea modesta, Urginea natalensis, Urginea pretoriensis, Urginea rubella, Urginea tenella]


Drimia capensis

[= Urginea forsteri]

Drimia chalumnensis


Drimia chlorantha


Drimia ciliata

[= Urginea ciliata]


Drimia convallarioides

[= Rhadamanthus convallarioides, Rhadamanthus montanus]


Drimia cremnophila


Drimia cuscutoides

[= Schizobasis cuscutoides]


Drimia cyanelloides

[= Rhadamanthus cyanelloides]


Drimia delagoensis

[= Urginea delagoensis, Urginea lydenburgensis]


Drimia depressa

[= Urginea captata, Urginea depressa]


Drimia dregei

[= Urginea dregei]


Drimia elata

Drimia exuviata

[= Tenicroa exuviata, Urginea exuviata]

Drimia fasciata

[= Rhadamanthus fasciatus]


Drimia filifolia

[= Tenicroa filifolia, Urginea filifolia, Urginea flexuosa]

Drimia fimbrimarginata


Drimia flagellaris


Drimia fragrans

[= Tenicroa fragrans, Urginea fragrans]


Drimia haworthioides


Drimia hesperantha

[= Urginea revoluta]


Drimia hyacinthoides


Drimia indica

[= Scilla indica, Urginea amboensis, Urginea indica, Urginea sebirei]


Drimia intricata

[= Schizobasis intricata, Schizobasis macowanii]


Drimia involuta

[= Rhadamanthus involutus]


Drimia karooica

[= Rhadamanthus karrooicus]


Drimia kniphofioides

[= Urginea kniphofioides]


Drimia ligulata


Drimia loedolffiae


Drimia macrantha

[= Thuranthos macranthum, Thuranthos nocturnale, Urginea macrantha]

Drimia macrocentra

[= Urginea echinostachys, Urginea lilacina, Urginea macrocentra]


Drimia marginata

[= Urginea marginata]


Drimia media

Drimia minor

[= Urginea exilis, Urginea minor, Urginea pygmaea]


Drimia montana

Known from two mountain peaks in the Stormberg and Winterberg of the Eastern Cape. Plants form large mats up to 0.5 m in diameter.


Drimia multifolia

[= Tenicroa multifolia, Urginea multifolia]


Drimia multisetosa

[= Urginea multisetosa]

Drimia mzimvubuensis


Drimia namibensis

[= Rhadamanthus namibensis]


Drimia nana

[= Tenicroa nana]


Drimia nyasae

[= Urginea nyasae]

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Drimia oliverorum


Drimia physodes

[= Urginea physodes, Urginea pusilla]


Drimia platyphylla

[= Rhadamanthus platyphyllus]


Drimia pulchromarginata


Drimia pusilla


Drimia salteri

[= Urginea salteri]

Drimia sanguinea

[= Urginea burkei, Urginea sanguinea]


Drimia saniensis

[= Urginea saniensis]


Drimia sclerophylla

[= Urginea rigidifolia]


Drimia secunda

[= Rhadamanthus secundus]


Drimia sphaerocephala


Drimia uniflora

[= Litanthus pusillus]


Drimia uranthera

[= Rhadamanthus urantherus]


Drimia vermiformis


Drimia virens

[= Urginea virens]


Drimia zambesiacum

[= Thuranthos zambesiacum]

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.