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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Scilloideae
Tribus: Hyacintheae
Subtribus: Massoniinae
Genus: Veltheimia
Species: V. bracteata – V. capensis

Veltheimia Gled., 1771.

Typus: V. capensis
(L.) DC.

Native distribution areas:

Southern Africa
Cape Provinces.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Farr, E.R. & Zijlstra, G. (eds.) 1996 onwards. Veltheimia in Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). Accessed: 2011 Mar 22.
Gleditsch, J.G. 1771. Mém. Acad. Roy. Sci. Hist. (Berlin) 25: 66.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2011. Veltheimia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2011 Mar 22. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: forest lily, sand onion, red hot poker
Nederlands: wintervuurpijl
svenska: Vinterraketssläktet

Veltheimia is a genus of perennial plants native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa[1] in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae.[2] It was named in honour of August Ferdinand von Veltheim (1741–1801), a German patron of botany.[3][4]

There are two accepted species:[5][6]

Veltheimia bracteata Harv. ex Baker
Veltheimia capensis (L.) DC.


"Veltheimia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2015-08-12
Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Scilloideae
The Names of Plant, D. Gledhill, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. rep. 1996. ISBN 978-0-521-36675-5 p.193
"Genus: Veltheimia Gled". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2010-08-24.

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