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Genus: Alepidea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Apiales > Family: Apiaceae

About 28 species, with 25 species occurring in southern Africa, although a few extend as far north as Ethiopia.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Alepidea acutidens


Alepidea amatymbica (Giant Alepidea, Large Tinsel Flowers)

Kalmoes, Slangwortel [Afrikaans]; lesoko [South Sotho]; inkatsankatsa [Swazi]; iqwili [Xhosa]; ikhathazo [Swazi, Xhosa, Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 160. and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Alepidea attenuata


Alepidea basinuda


Alepidea capensis


Alepidea cirsiifolia


Alepidea cordifolia


Alepidea delicatula


Alepidea duplidens


Alepidea galpinii


Alepidea insculpta


Alepidea longeciliata


Alepidea macowani


Alepidea multisecta


Alepidea natalensis

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 160.

Alepidea peduncularis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Alepidea pilifera


Alepidea propinqua

Recorded from Mozambique.


Alepidea pusilla


Alepidea reticulata


Alepidea serrata


Alepidea stellata


Alepidea setifera

Kalmoes [Afrikaans]

See Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 288.

Alepidea thodei


Alepidea woodii



  • Burtt, B.L. 1991. Umbelliferae of southern Africa: an introduction and annotated checklist. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 48: 133-282.

  • de Castro, A. & van Wyk, B-E. 1994. Diagnostic characters and geographical distribution of Alepidea species used in traditional medicine. South African Journal of Botany 60: 345-350.

  • Holzapfel, C.W., Van Wyk, B.-E., De Castro, A., Marais, W. & Herbst, M. 1995. A chemotaxonomic survey of kaurene derivatives in the genus Alepidea (Apiaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 23: 799803.
  • Weimarck, H. 1949. A revision of the genus Alepidea. Botaniska Notiser 1949: 217-268.


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