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Genus: Bulbine

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: Xanthorrhoeaceae 

A total of 69 species are native to southern Africa. Previously in the Asphodelaceae, which has been sunk under Xanthorrhoeaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Bulbine abyssinica

Bulbine alooides


Bulbine alveolata


Bulbine angustifolia


Bulbine annua


Bulbine asphodeloides


Bulbine bruynsii


Bulbine capensis


Bulbine capitata


Bulbine caput-medusae


Bulbine cepacea

Bulbine coetzeei


Bulbine cremnophila


Bulbine dactylopsoides


Bulbine diphylla


Bulbine disimilis


Bulbine erectipilosa


Bulbine esterhuyseniae


Bulbine fallax

Bulbine favosa

Bulbine flexicaulis


Bulbine flexuosa


Bulbine foleyi

Bulbine fragilis


Bulbine francescae


Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine hallii


Bulbine haworthioides


Bulbine inamarxiae


Bulbine inflata


Bulbine lagopus


Bulbine lamprophylla


Bulbine latifolia (Broad-leaved bulbine)

Bulbine lavrani


Bulbine lolita


Bulbine longifolia


Bulbine louwii


Bulbine margarethae


Bulbine meiringii


Bulbine melanovaginata


Bulbine mesembryanthoides

Bulbine minima


Bulbine monophylla


Bulbine muscicola


Bulbine namaensis


Bulbine narcissifolia


Bulbine navicularifolia


Bulbine nutans


Bulbine ophiophylla


Bulbine pendens


Bulbine praemorsa

Bulbine quartzicola


Bulbine ramosa


Bulbine retinens


Bulbine rhopalophylla


Bulbine rupicola


Bulbine sedifolia

Bulbine stolonifera


Bulbine striata


Bulbine succulenta


Bulbine suurbergensis


Bulbine thomasiae


Bulbine torsiva


Bulbine torta

Bulbine triebneri

[= Bulbine alba]

Bulbine truncata


Bulbine vitrea


Bulbine vittatifolia


Bulbine wiesei



  • Van Jaarsveld, E.J. 1988. Bulbine striata Baijnath & Van Jaarsveld, a new species from the northwest Cape. South African Journal of Botany 53: 424426.

  • Williamson, G. 1995. A new Bulbine species (Asphodelaceae) from the southern Namib Desert and northwest Namaqualand. Aloe 32: 8083.

  • Williamson, G. 1996. A miniature succulent Bulbine species (Asphodelaceae) from northwest Namaqualand. Bradleya 14: 8486.

  • Williamson, G. 1996. New Bulbine (Asphodelaceae) species from the northwestern Cape. Haseltonia 4: 13 23.

  • Williamson, G. & Baijnath, H. 1995. Three new species of Bulbine Wolf (Asphodelaceae) from the Richtersveld and southern Namib Desert. South African Journal of Botany 6: 312318.