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Lachenalia carnosa, Goegap N.R., Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Lachenalia
Type species
Lachenalia aloides
  • Dipcadioides Medik.
  • Polyanthes Jacq.
  • Coelanthus Willd. ex Schult. & Schult.f. in J.J.Roemer & J.A.Schultes
  • Triallosia Raf.
  • Periboea Kunth
  • Polyxena Kunth
  • Orchiastrum Lem. 1855, illegitimate homonym, not Ség. 1754
  • Scillopsis Lem.
  • Chloriza Salisb.
  • Himas Salisb.
  • Manlilia Salisb.
  • Monoestes Salisb.
  • Orchiops Salisb.
  • Platyestes Salisb.
  • Sugillaria Salisb.
  • Brachyscypha Baker

Lachenalia is a genus of bulbs in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae,[2] which are usually found in Namibia and South Africa. Most of these plants have a dormancy period, and the new roots of these plants will always grow every year. Lachenalia is named after the Swiss botanist Werner de Lachenal (1736-1800).[3] Species are sometimes known as "Cape cowslip" though they are not directly related to the true cowslip Primula veris.


As of December 2012, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted 115 species:[1]

In addition, Lachenalia nordenstamii W.F.Barker was listed as "threatened" in the 2006 IUCN Red List,[4] but as of December 2012 the name was not accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Search for "Lachenalia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-12-21 
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Scilloideae 
  3. ^ Genaust, Helmut (1976). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen ISBN 3-7643-0755-2
  4. ^ Craven, P.; Loots, S. (2004), Lachenalia nordenstamii, IUCN Red List of Threatened Species], retrieved 22 August 2007 


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