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Empodium plicatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Hypoxidaceae
Genus: Empodium
  • Fabricia Thunb. 1779, illegitimate, not Adans. 1763 nor Scop. 1777
  • Forbesia Eckl. ex Nel

Empodium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hypoxidaceae, first described in 1866.[2] It grows from a small corm which produces lance-shaped or pleated and sometimes hairy, star-shaped flowers and leaves with 10–30 centimetres (4–12 in) long in Autumn season. The genus is native to winter-rainfall areas in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Namibia.[1][3]

  1. Empodium elongatum (Nel) B.L.Burtt - Lesotho, Swaziland, Lesotho
  2. Empodium flexile (Nel) M.F.Thomps. ex Snijman - Cape Province
  3. Empodium gloriosum (Nel) B.L.Burtt - Cape Province
  4. Empodium monophyllum (Nel) B.L.Burtt - KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
  5. Empodium namaquensis (Baker) M.F.Thomps. - Cape Province
  6. Empodium plicatum (Thunb.) Garside - Cape Province
  7. Empodium veratrifolium (Willd.) M.F.Thomps. - Cape Province


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