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Family: Hypoxidaceae

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

There are nine genera and about 130 species worldwide of which seven genera and 79 species are native to southern Africa. An additional species is naturalised, and two species are cultivated in the region. Southern Africa is the region with the highest diversity of hypoxids but the family is also native to South America, Australia and tropical Asia.

Genera native to southern Africa

Curculigo

One species is native to southern Africa and two species are cultivated.

Empodium

Seven species, all endemic to southern Africa.

Hypoxis

About 90 species (pantropical: sub-Saharan Africa, America, SE Asia and Australia), with 44 species native to southern Africa and one species naturalised.

Pauridia

Two species, endemic to the Western Cape.

Rhodohypoxis

Six species, all endemic to southern Africa.

Saniella

Two species: Saniella occidentalis (pictured) and Saniella verna

Spiloxene

Seventeen species, endemic to southern Africa (winter rainfall region, including Namibia, Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape).

[photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]

 


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