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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Kniphofia (red-hot pokers)

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

About 70 species found mainly in Africa but with one species in Madagascar and one in the South Arabian Peninsula. A total of 46 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), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Kniphofia acraea


Kniphofia albescens


Kniphofia albomontana


Kniphofia angustifolia


Kniphofia baurii

Kniphofia brachystachya


Kniphofia breviflora


Kniphofia bruceae


Kniphofia buchananii


Kniphofia caulescens

Kniphofia citrina  

Kniphofia coddiana

Kniphofia coralligemma


Kniphofia crassifolia


Kniphofia drepanophylla


Kniphofia ensifolia

[= Kniphofia tuckii]

Kniphofia evansii

Kniphofia fibrosa


Kniphofia flammula


Kniphofia fluviatilis

Kniphofia galpinii

Kniphofia gracilis


Kniphofia hirsuta


Kniphofia ichopensis


Kniphofia latifolia


Kniphofia laxiflora

Kniphofia leucocephala


Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia littoralis


Kniphofia multiflora

Kniphofia northiae

Kniphofia pauciflora (Dainty poker)

Used to occur in moist sites in grassland in the Durban vicinity but now thought to be extinct in the wild. 

Kniphofia pauciflora (Dainty poker)

Kniphofia porphyrantha

Kniphofia rigidifolia

Kniphofia ritualis


Kniphofia rooperi

Kniphofia sarmentosa

Kniphofia splendida

Kniphofia stricta


Kniphofia tabularis

Kniphofia thodei

Kniphofia triangularis


Kniphofia typhoides


Kniphofia tysonii


Kniphofia umbrina


Kniphofia uvaria


  • Codd, L.E. 1968. The South African species of Kniphofia. Bothalia 9: 363-513.