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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Dianella (flax lilies)

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

Three species cultivated in southern Africa. Previously placed in the Hemerocallidaceae, which has been sunk under Xanthorrhoeaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dianella caerulea

Native to Australia.


Dianella ensata

Native to the Old World tropics.


Dianella intermedia

Native to Norfolk Island and Fiji.



Text by Hamish Robertson