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Genus: Zantedeschia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Alismatales > Family: Araceae

Eight species, all of which are native to southern Africa. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum lily, Calla lily, Varblom)

The most common of all the species in South Africa.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum lily, Calla lily)

Zantedeschia albomaculata

Distribution in southern Africa includes Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape).

Zantedeschia elliottiana


Zantedeschia jucunda


Zantedeschia odorata (Scented arum, Soetvarkblom)

Similar in appearance to Z. aethiopica. Found only in dolerite koppies on the Bokkeveld Plateau near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape.


Zantedeschia pentlandii (Yellow arum)

Zantedeschia rehmannii (Pink arum)


Zantedeschia valida



  • Letty, C. 1973. The genus Zantedeschia. Bothalia 11: 5-26.
  • Singh, Y., van Wyk, A.E. & Baijnath, H. 1996. Taxonomic notes on the genus Zantedeschia Spreng. (Araceae) in southern Africa. South African Journal of Botany 62: 321-324.
  • Mayo, S.J., Bogner, J. & Boyce, P.C. 1997. The Genera of Araceae. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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