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Genus: Bulbinella

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 23 species, with 17 native to southern Africa and six native to New Zealand. 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).

Bulbinella barkeriae


Bulbinella cauda-felis

Bulbinella chartacea


Bulbinella ciliolata

Bulbinella divaginata

Bulbinella eburniflora

Bulbinella elata

Bulbinella elegans

Bulbinella gracilis


Bulbinella graminifolia


Bulbinella latifolia

Bulbinella nana


Bulbinella nutans (Waterkatstert)

Bulbinella potbergensis


Bulbinella punctulata

Bulbinella trinervis


Bulbinella triquetra



  • Perry,, P.L. 1987. A synoptic review of the genus Bulbinella (Asphodelaceae) in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 53: 431-444.

  • Perry, P.L. 1999. Bulbinella in South Africa. Strelitzia 8: 1-78.