Wachendorfia Burm.

Evardus Jacobus van Wachendorff (1702–1758), a professor from Utrecht.

Perennial herbs 0.1-2.5 m tall with rhizomes containing red sap. Leaves mostly annual (perennial in W. thyrsiflora), entire, tough, longitudinally pleated, lowermost ones sheathing at the base. Inflorescence a cylindrical cluster of yellow flowers. Flowers regular with tepals in 2 whorls of 3, one free the other united, yellow. Stamens 3.ovary superior, hairy, 3-chambered with 1 ovule per chamber and axile placentation. Fruit a sharply 3-lobed loculicidally dehiscing capsule.


Leaves pleated; roots tuberous.

4 species from the SW and S Cape of South Africa.

Helme & Linder (1992).

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Haemodoraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Haemodoraceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Wachendorfia thyrsiflora L.