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Cryptostephanus vansonii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Cryptostephanus
Welw. ex Baker

Cryptostephanus is a genus of African plants in the Amaryllis family, native to Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.[1] Its closest relative is Clivia, with which it shares some characters, including thick, fleshy roots, strap-like leaves, and fruit in the form of a berry.[2][3]



  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ "Cryptostephanus". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Bennett, R. K. General Amaryllid Report, 1980. Notes on the genus Cryptostephanus Welw. Plant Life 36.1-4 (1980): 102-108.
  4. ^ Müller-Doblies, Dietrich & Müller-Doblies, Ute 1994. Feddes Repertorium 105: 357
  5. ^ Duncan, G. Cryptostephanus vansonii: a curious amaryllid from Zimbabwe. Veld Flora (Kirstenbosch) 88.1 (2002): 18-19.

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