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Genus: Wachendorfia (butterfly lilies)

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

The four species are endemic to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Wachendorfia brachyandra
Wachendorfia multiflora

Wachendorfia paniculata

Koffiepit [Afrikaans]

Widespread in fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape, occurring mainly on sandstone soils. Rhizomatous geophyte, from 20 to 70 cm in height.

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora (Bloodroot, Red Root)

Rooikanol [Afrikaans]

Widespread in fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape, occurring in marshes and along streams, growing to 1-2 m high. The rhizome has bright red flesh, (hence the common names) and is used to produce a reddish brown dye.


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