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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamilia: Amaryllidoideae
Tribus: Haemantheae
Genus: Apodolirion
Species: A. amyanum – A. bolusii – A. buchananii – A. cedarbergense – A. lanceolatum – A. macowani

Apodolirion Baker 1878

Baker, John Gilbert, 1878: Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. London, 16: 74.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Apodolirion in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 31. Reference page. }
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Apodolirion. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 31 2018. 2018. Apodolirion. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 31 Jul. 2018.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Apodolirion. .
Apodolirion is a genus of herbaceous, perennial and bulbous plants in the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae[2]). It consists of 6 species distributed in South Africa. The name Apodolirion comes from the Greek and means "stemless flower" and describes the almost sessile flowers of these species.


The list of Apodolirion species, with their complete scientific name, authority, and geographic distribution is given below.[3]

Apodolirion amyanum D. Muller-Doblies
Apodolirion bolusii Baker
Apodolirion buchananii Baker
Apodolirion cedarbergense D. Muller-Doblies
Apodolirion lanceolatum (L.f.) Benth.
Apodolirion macowanii Baker


A. buchananii (known as "Natal Crocus") is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is a small plant with solitary flowers, that bloom in spring.

Müller-Doblies, D. 1986. De Liliifloris notulae 3. Enumeratio specierum generum Gethyllis et Apodolirion (Amaryllidaceae). Willdenowia. 15: 465-471.
Germishuizen, G. Fabian, A. 1997. Wild flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg.
Pooley, E. 1998. A Field Guide to Wild Flowers KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.
Baker, JG (1878). "On two new genera of Amaryllidaceae from Cape Colony". Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. 16: 74–77.


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Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Amaryllidoideae
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. World Checklist of Monocotyledons: Apodolirion . Accessed May 16, 2009.

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