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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Colchicaceae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Liliales

Fifteen genera and 245 species, native to the Old World, with eight genera and 85 species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


One species: Baeometra uniflora, endemic to the Western Cape.



One species: Camptorrhiza strumosa, native to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, and the northern parts of South Africa.



About 150 species, 49 of which are native to southern Africa.


Nine species, of which three are native to southern Africa.


One species: Hexacyrtis dickiana, native to Namibia.



One species native to southern Africa: Iphigenia oliveri.


Eight species, native to tropical and southern Africa and all occurring in southern Africa.



One species: Sandersonia aurantiaca: native to Mpumalanga, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.


[= Iphigenia]

About 40 species, native to Australia (19 species) and southern Africa (21 species).