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Genus: Astroloba

[= Poelnitzia]

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: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Endemic to Western and Eastern Cape, where seven species are known. Previously in the Asphodelaceae, which has been sunk under Xanthorrhoeaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Astroloba bullulata


Astroloba congesta


Astroloba corrugata

See Meyer & Smith (1998).


Astroloba foliolosa


Astroloba herrei


Astroloba rubriflora

[= Poellnitzia rubriflora]


Astroloba spiralis



  • Groen, L.E. 1986. Astroloba. Succulenta 65: 1923.

  • Groen, L.E. 1987. Astroloba. Succulenta 66: 5155; 8286; 110113; 162166; 171174.

  • Meyer, N.L. & Smith, G.F. 1998. Astroloba corrugata: description of a long-known species in a southern African endemic alooid genus. Bothalia 28: 6062.


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