Hypoxis hemerocallidea

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Hypoxis hemerocallidea
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Hypoxidaceae
Genus: Hypoxis
H. hemerocallidea
Binomial name
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
  • Hypoxis elata Hook.f. nom. illeg.
  • Hypoxis obconica Nel
  • Hypoxis patula Nel
  • Hypoxis rooperi T.Moore

Hypoxis hemerocallidea, the African star grass or African potato, is a medicinal plant in the Hypoxidaceae family. It is native to southern Africa from South Africa as far north as Mozambique and Zimbabwe.[2][3] This plant is the best known member of this genus.

Medicinal uses[edit]

Limited evidence from two clinical trials suggests that Hypoxis appears to improve some symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia, but the studies had "well documented methodological flaws".[4] Additionally, Hypoxis alters the activity of cytochrome P450, suggesting that it may interfere with the effectiveness of other drugs or supplements, such as antiretroviral drugs.[5]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Gillmer, M.; Symmonds, R. (1999). "Seed collection and germination: Hypoxis hemerocallidea". Plantlife. 21 (36): 37.
  4. ^ Wilt TJ, Ishani A, Rutks I, MacDonald R (2000). "Phytotherapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia". Public Health Nutr. 3 (4A): 459–472. doi:10.1017/S1368980000000549. PMID 11276294.
  5. ^ Mills E, et al. (2005). "Impact of African herbal medicines on antiretroviral metabolism". AIDS. 19 (1): 95–97. doi:10.1097/00002030-200501030-00013. PMID 15627040.

External links[edit]

  • Hypoxis hemerocallidea research University Kwazulu-Natal [1]
  • Hypoxis hemerocallidea South African National Biodiversity Institute [2]