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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Tribe: Hippeastreae
Subtribe: Hippeastrineae
Genus: Rhodophiala

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Rhodophiala is a genus of herbaceous, perennial and bulbous plants in the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae[2]). It consists of about 30 South American species distributed in southern Brazil, Argentina, and, specially, in Chile.


Rhodophiala species resemble small-flowered Hippeastrum or multiflowered Habranthus species. Their narrow parallel-sided leaves are unlike that of the hippeastrum, more closely resembling that of Habranthus or Zephyranthes.[3]


At one stage, Rhodophiala was considered a subgenus of the closely related Hippeastrum.[4]


The World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepts 27 species as of June 2013:[1]


  1. ^ a b Search for "Rhodophiala". "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards). "Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Amaryllidoideae". Retrieved 2013-06-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Castillo, A. (2003). "Rhodophiala". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ Baker, John Gilbert (1888). "Hippeastrum". Handbook of the Amaryllideæ including the Alstrœmerieæ and Agaveæ. London: Bell. p. 41. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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