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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: Ledebouria
Sectiones: L. sect. Drimiopsis – L. sect. Ledebouria – L. sect. Resnova

Species: L. apertiflora – L. asperifolia – L. atrobrunnea – L. camerooniana – L. concolor – L. confusa – L. cooperi – L. cordifolia – L. coriacea – L. cremnophila – L. crispa – L. dolomiticola – L. edulis – L. ensifolia – L. floribunda – L. galpinii – L. glauca – L. grandifolia – L. hyderabadensis – L. hypoxidioides – L. inquinata – L. insularis – L. karnatakensis – L. kirkii – L. lepida – L. leptophylla – L. lilacina – L. luteola – L. macowanii – L. maesta – L. marginata – L. minima – L. mokobulanensis – L. monophylla – L. nossibeensis – L. ovalifolia – L. ovatifolia – L. papillata – L. pardalota – L. parvifolia – L. pustulata – L. remifolia – L. revoluta – L. rupestris – L. sandersonii – L. scabrida – L. socialis – L. somaliensis – L. sudanica – L. undulata – L. urceolata – L. venteri – L. viscosa – L. zambesiaca – L. zebrina

Ledebouria Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 194. (1821)
Type species: Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop, J. S. African Bot. 36: 255 (1970) originally as syn. Ledebouria hyacinthina Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp.: 195 (1821), nom. illeg.


Eratobotrys Fenzl ex Endl., Gen. Pl., Suppl. 2: 13 (1842).
Type species: Eratobotrys lilacinus Fenzl ex Endl.
Xeodolon Salisb., Gen. Pl.: 18 (1866).
Type species: Xeodolon revolutum (L.f.) Salisb., nom. inval.

Native distribution areas:

West Tropical Africa
Benin, Burkina, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo.
West-Central Tropical Africa
Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Zaïre.
Northeast Tropical Africa
Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan.
East Tropical Africa
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.
South Tropical Africa
Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia.
Southern Africa
Botswana, Cape Provinces, Lesotho, Namibia, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Swaziland, Northern Provinces.
Western Indian Ocean
Arabian Peninsula
Indian Subcontinent
India, Sri Lanka.

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

Roth, A.W. (1821) Novae Pl. Sp. 194.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2014. Ledebouria 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.
Lebatha, P.D., Buys, M.H. & Stedje, B. 2006. Ledebouria, Resnova and Drimiopsis: A tale of three genera. Taxon 55(3): 643–652. DOI: 10.2307/25065640 JSTOR Reference page. 2014. Ledebouria. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Mar. 7.
International Plant Names Index. 2104. Ledebouria. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 7 2104.

Vernacular names
svenska: Syskonstjärnsläktet

Ledebouria is a genus of African bulbous perennial herbs in the Asparagus family, Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae.[2] Most members were previously part of the genus Scilla. A number of species are grown by cacti and succulent enthusiasts for their patterned leaves.[3]

Most of the species are native to Madagascar and Africa (except North Africa),[4] but a few are from India, Sri Lanka or the Arabian Peninsula.[1]

The genus name of Ledebouria is in honour of Edward Angelo Goodall (1819–1908), a German-Estonian botanist.[5] It was first described and published in Nov. Pl. Sp. on page 194 in 1821.[4]

Ledebouria apertiflora (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria asperifolia (van der Merwe) S.Venter
Ledebouria atrobrunnea S.Venter
Ledebouria caesiomontana Hankey & Hahn
Ledebouria camerooniana (Baker) Speta
Ledebouria concolor (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria confusa S.Venter
Ledebouria cooperi (Hook. f.) Jessop
Ledebouria cordifolia (Baker) Stedje & Thulin
Ledebouria coriacea S.Venter
Ledebouria cremnophila S.Venter & van Jaarsv.
Ledebouria crispa S.Venter
Ledebouria dolomiticola S.Venter
Ledebouria edulis (Engl.) Stedje
Ledebouria ensifolia (Eckl.) S.Venter & T.J.Edwards
Ledebouria floribunda (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria galpinii (Baker) S.Venter & T.J.Edwards
Ledebouria glauca S.Venter
Ledebouria grandifolia (Balf.f.) A.G.Mill. & D.Alexander
Ledebouria hyderabadensis M.V.Ramana, Prasanna & Venu
Ledebouria hypoxidioides (Schönland) Jessop
Ledebouria inquinata (C. A. Sm.) Jessop
Ledebouria insularis A.G.Mill.
Ledebouria karnatakensis Punekar & Lakshmin
Ledebouria kirkii (Baker) Stedje & Thulin
Ledebouria lepida (N.E.Br.) S.Venter
Ledebouria leptophylla (Baker) S.Venter
Ledebouria lilacina (Fenzl ex Kunth) Speta
Ledebouria luteola Jessop
Ledebouria macowanii (Baker) S.Venter
Ledebouria maesta (Baker) Speta
Ledebouria marginata (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria minima (Baker) S.Venter
Ledebouria mokobulanensis A.J.Hankey and T.J.Edwards
Ledebouria monophylla S.Venter
Ledebouria nossibeensis (H.Perrier) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Ledebouria ovalifolia (Schrad.) Jessop
Ledebouria ovatifolia (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria papillata S.Venter
Ledebouria pardalota S.Venter
Ledebouria parvifolia S.Venter
Ledebouria pustulata S.Venter
Ledebouria remifolia S.Venter
Ledebouria revoluta (L. f.) Jessop
Ledebouria rupestris (van der Merwe) S.Venter
Ledebouria sandersonii (Baker) S.Venter & T.J.Edwards
Ledebouria scabrida Jessop
Ledebouria socialis (Baker) Jessop
Ledebouria somaliensis (Baker) Stedje & Thulin
Ledebouria sudanica (A.Chev.) Burg in A.Akoègninou & al.
Ledebouria undulata (Jacq.) Jessop
Ledebouria urceolata Stedje
Ledebouria venteri van Jaarsv. & A.E.van Wyk
Ledebouria viscosa Jessop
Ledebouria zambesiaca (Baker) Speta
Ledebouria zebrina (Baker) S.Venter

Ledebouria minima

Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Scilloideae
Venter, S. (2008). Synopsis of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. Herbertia 62: 85-155.
"Ledebouria Roth | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 14 October 2021.

Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. Retrieved 1 January 2021.

Manning, J. C. et al. 2004. A revised generic synopsis of Hyacinthaceae in sub-Saharan Africa, based on molecular evidence, including new combinations and the new tribe Pseudoprospereae. Edinburgh J. Bot. 60:533–568.
Stedje, B. 1998. Phylogenetic relationships and generic delimitation of sub-Saharan Scilla (Hyacinthaceae) and allied African genera as inferred from morphological and DNA sequence data. Pl. Syst. Evol. 211:1–11.
Venter, S. & V. J. Edwards. 1998. A revision of Ledebouria (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. 1. Two new species. Bothalia 28:15–17.
Venter, S. & V. J. Edwards. 1998. A revision of Ledebouria (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa. 2. Two new species, L. crispa and L. parvifolia, and L. macowanii re-instated. Bothalia 28:179–182.
A.J. Hankeya and T.J. Edwards. Ledebouria mokobulanensis A.J.Hankey and T.J.Edwards (Hyacinthaceae) a new species from the high altitude grasslands of Mpumalanga. South African Journal of Botany, Volume 74, Issue 2, April 2008, Pages 214-217.

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