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Rhodophiala montana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Subtribe: Hippeastrinae
Genus: Rhodophiala
Type species
Rhodophiala amarylloides C.Presl

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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 Hippeastrum, more closely resembling that of Habranthus or Zephyranthes.[3]


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

Although as of February 2016 not yet accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families a number of species of Rhodophiala have been rehabilitated as Rhodolirium.[5][6]


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

The following species, formerly in Rhodophiala have been transferred to Rhodolirium.[5][6]

  • Rhodophiala andicola (Poepp.) Traub
  • Rhodophiala chilensis (L'Hér.) Traub
  • Rhodophiala pratensis (Poepp.) Traub
  • Rhodophiala rhodolirion (Baker) Traub


  1. ^ a b Search for "Rhodophiala". "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F. "Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Amaryllidoideae". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  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. 
  5. ^ a b Munoz et al 2011.
  6. ^ a b Garcia et al 2014.


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