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Genus: Haemanthus

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: Amaryllidaceae

Twenty-two species, endemic to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Haemanthus albiflos (White paint brush, Dappled snowbrush)

Haemanthus amarylloides

Haemanthus avasmontanus


Haemanthus barkerae

Haemanthus canaliculatus

Haemanthus carneus

Haemanthus coccineus (April fool, Blood flower)

Haemanthus crispus

Haemanthus dasyphyllus

Haemanthus deformis (Dwarf haemanthus)

Haemanthus graniticus


Haemanthus humilis (Rabbit's ears)

Haemanthus lanceifolius


Haemanthus montanus (Mountain haemanthus)

Haemanthus namaquensis

Haemanthus nortieri

Haemanthus pauculifolius


Haemanthus pubescens 

Haemanthus pumilio

Haemanthus sanguineus (April fool)

Haemanthus tristis

Haemanthus unifoliatus



  • Snijman, D.A. 1984. A revision of the genus Haemanthus (Amarylidaceae). Journal of South African Botany, Suppl. Vol 12: 1-139.


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