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Genus: Ledebouria

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 37 species are native to southern Africa, many of them previously placed in the genus Scilla. Ledebouria was in the Hyacinthaceae, but this family has been sunk under the Asparagaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Ledebouria apertiflora


Ledebouria asperifolia

Ledebouria atrobrunnea


Ledebouria concolor


Ledebouria confusa


Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria coriacea

Ledebouria cremnophila

Ledebouria crispa


Ledebouria dolomiticola


Ledebouria ensifolia


Ledebouria floribunda


Ledebouria galpinii

Ledebouria glauca


Ledebouria hypoxidioides


Ledebouria inquinata

Ledebouria lepida


Ledebouria leptophylla

Ledebouria luteola

Ledebouria macowanii


Ledebouria marginata

Ledebouria minima

Ledebouria mokobulanensis

Ledebouria monophylla


Ledebouria ovalifolia


Ledebouria ovatifolia

Ledebouria papillata


Ledebouria pardalota


Ledebouria parvifolia


Ledebouria pustulata


Ledebouria revoluta


Ledebouria scabrida


Ledebouria socialis

Ledebouria undulata

Ledebouria venteri


Ledebouria viscosa


Ledebouria zambesiaca

Recorded from Zimbabwe.



  • Venter, S. & Edwards, T.J. 1998. A revision of Ledebouria (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. 1. Two new species. Bothalia 28: 1517.

  • Venter, S., Moller, A. & Edwards, T.J. 1991. Application of the scanning electron microscope in taxonomical studies in Ledebouria (Hyacinthaceae). Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of Southern Africa 21: 167168.