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Wurmbea dioica.jpg
Wurmbea dioica in Paddys Ranges State Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Wurmbea

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  • Anguillaria R.Br.
  • Anguillaraea T.Post & Kuntze
  • Onixotis Raf.
  • Skizima Raf.
  • Dipidax Lawson ex Salisb
  • Neodregea C.H.Wright
Wurmbea inusta, a species from South Africa
This specimen might be Wurmbea spicata, Cedarberg South Africa
Wurmbea stricta. This species used to be classified first in the genus Dipidax, then in Onixotis. This specimen photographed near Hermon in the Western Cape, but the species occurs widely in seasonally wet regions in fynbos.

Wurmbea is a genus of perennial herbs in the family Colchicaceae, native to Africa and Australia. There are about 50 species, with about half endemic to each continent.

Recently the circumscription of the genus Wurmbea has been increased to include Onixotis punctata and Onixotis stricta.[1]

African species accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families as of January 2015 are:[2][3]

Australian species accepted by the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families as of January 2015 are:[2]


  1. ^ Manning, John (2008). Field Guide to Fynbos. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. ISBN 978-1-77007-265-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Wurmbea". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Wurmbea". African flowering plants database. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  • "Wurmbea ". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  • "Wurmbea". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Retrieved 2008-07-25.