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Genus: Eriospermum

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

Distributed mainly within southern Africa with 105 of the 127 species occurring in this region. The remaining species occur further north in tropical Africa. Previously placed in the family Eriospermaceae, then the Ruscaceae, neither of which is now recognised.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Eriospermum aequilibre


Eriospermum alcicorne


Eriospermum algiferum


Eriospermum andongense

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum aphyllum


Eriospermum appendiculatum


Eriospermum arachnoideum


Eriospermum arenosum


Eriospermum aribesense


Eriospermum armianum


Eriospermum attenuatum


Eriospermum bakerianum


Eriospermum bayeri


Eriospermum bifidum


Eriospermum bowieanum


Eriospermum bracteatum


Eriospermum brevipes


Eriospermum breviscapum


Eriospermum bruynsii


Eriospermum calcareum


Eriospermum capense


Eriospermum cecilii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum cernuum


Eriospermum cervicorne


Eriospermum ciliatum


Eriospermum citrinum


Eriospermum coactum


Eriospermum cooperi

Eriospermum cordiforme

Eriospermum corymbosum

Eriospermum crispum


Eriospermum descendens


Eriospermum deserticolum


Eriospermum dielsianum

Eriospermum dissitiflorum


Eriospermum dregei


Eriospermum dyeri


Eriospermum erinum

Eriospermum eriophorum


Eriospermum ernstii


Eriospermum exigium


Eriospermum exile


Eriospermum filicaule


Eriospermum flabellatum


Eriospermum flagelliforme

[= Eriospermum abyssinicum]


Eriospermum flavum


Eriospermum flexum


Eriospermum flexuosum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum folioliferum


Eriospermum fragile


Eriospermum glaciale


Eriospermum graminifolium


Eriospermum halenbergense


Eriospermum inconspicuum


Eriospermum kiboense

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum kirkii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum lanceifolium


Eriospermum lanimarginatum


Eriospermum lanuginosum


Eriospermum lavranosii


Eriospermum laxiracemosum


Eriospermum macgregoriorum


Eriospermum mackenii

Eriospermum marginatum


Eriospermum minutiflorum


Eriospermum minutipustulatum


Eriospermum multifidum


Eriospermum namaquanum


Eriospermum nanum


Eriospermum occultum


Eriospermum ornithogaloides


Eriospermum orthophyllum


Eriospermum papilliferum


Eriospermum paradoxum

Eriospermum parvifolium


Eriospermum parvulum


Eriospermum patentiflorum


Eriospermum phippsii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum porphyrium

Eriospermum porphyrovalve


Eriospermum proliferum


Eriospermum pubescens


Eriospermum pumilum


Eriospermum pusillum


Eriospermum pustulatum


Eriospermum ramosum


Eriospermum ratelpoortianum


Eriospermum rautanenii


Eriospermum rhizomatum


Eriospermum roseum


Eriospermum sabulosum


Eriospermum schinzii


Eriospermum schlechteri


Eriospermum spirale


Eriospermum subincanum


Eriospermum subtile


Eriospermum titanopsoides


Eriospermum triphyllum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Eriospermum tuberculatum


Eriospermum undulatum


Eriospermum vermiforme


Eriospermum villosum


Eriospermum viscosum


Eriospermum volkmanniae


Eriospermum zeyheri



  • Perry P. 1984. Ten new species of Eriospermum Jacquin (Liliaceae) from the western Cape. Journal of South African Botany 50(4): 503-534.

  • Perry PL, Hall AV. 1994. A revision of the genus Eriospermum (Eriospermaceae). Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 17: 1-320.