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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: Daubenya
Species: D. alba – D. aurea – D. capensis – D. comata – D. marginata – D. namaquensis – D. stylosa – D. zeyheri

Daubenya Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 21: t. 1813 (1836)
Type species: Daubenya aurea Lindl. Sketch Veg. Swan R. t. 1813. (1835)


Androsiphon Schltr., Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 9: 147 (1924)
Neobakeria Schltr., Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 9: 149 (1924)
Amphisiphon W.H.Baker, J. S. African Bot. 2: 19 (1936)

Native distribution areas:

Southern Africa
Cape Provinces.

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

Lindley, J. (1836) Edwards's Botanical Register 21, pl. 1813.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2014. Daubenya in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Mar. 7. Reference page. 2014. Daubenya. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Mar. 7.
International Plant Names Index. 2104. Daubenya. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 7 2104.

Daubenya is a genus of bulbous flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae (also treated as the family Hyacinthaceae).[2] It is native to the Cape Province of South Africa.[1]


Species of Daubenya grow from bulbs covered with a brownish tunic. Each bulb produces only two leaves, which appear with the flowers and normally spread out along the ground on either side. The inflorescence is a raceme, usually very condensed and close to the ground. Individual flowers are white, pink, yellow or red, sometimes with the tepals furthest from the flowering stem (i.e. on the outside of the inflorescence) larger than the others. The tepals are fused at the base forming a distinct tube. The stamens arise from the mouth of this tube, and are often very prominent. The more or less globe-shaped black seeds are produced inside a papery capsule.[3][4]

As of March 2013, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families recognized eight species:[5] All but D. aurea were transferred to the genus Daubenya during revisions of the South African members of the Scilloideae in early 2000s; they were previously placed in Androsiphon, Amphisiphon, Polyxena, Massonia, or Neobakeria.[6]

Daubenya alba A.M.van der Merwe
Daubenya aurea Lindl.
Daubenya capensis (Schltr.) A.M.van der Merwe & J.C.Manning (syn. Androsiphon capensis Schltr.)
Daubenya comata (Burch. ex Baker) J.C.Manning & A.M.van der Merwe (syn. Massonia comata Burch. ex Baker)
Daubenya marginata (Willd. ex Kunth) J.C.Manning & A.M.van der Merwe (syn. Massonia marginata Willd. ex Kunth)
Daubenya namaquensis (Schltr.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt (syn. Neobakeria namaquensis Schltr.)
Daubenya stylosa (W.H.Baker) A.M.van der Merwe & J.C.Manning (syn. Amphisiphon stylosus W.H.Baker)
Daubenya zeyheri (Kunth) J.C.Manning & A.M.van der Merwe (syn. Massonia zeyheri Kunth)


"Daubenya", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2013-03-28
Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), "Asparagales: Scilloideae", Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, retrieved 2013-03-28
"Daubenya Raf.", eMonocot, retrieved 2013-03-28
Daubenya, Pacific Bulb Society, retrieved 2013-03-29
Search for "Daubenya", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2013-03-28
Manning, J.C.; Goldblatt, P. & Fay, M.F. (2004), "A revised generic synopsis of Hyacinthaceae in Sub-Saharan Africa, based on molecular evidence, including new combinations and the new tribe Pseudoprospereae", Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 60 (3), doi:10.1017/S0960428603000404

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