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Amaryllis paradisicola is a species of bulbous perennial plant from South Africa.

Amaryllis paradisicola
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Amaryllis
A. paradisicola
Binomial name
Amaryllis paradisicola



Amaryllis paradisicola was described by Dierdré A. Snijman in 1998 in a paper in the journal Bothalia.[1] It is one of only two species in the genus Amaryllis, the other being Amaryllis belladonna, from further south in South Africa.[2]


Amaryllis paradisicola flowers in April, producing a group of 10–21 Narcissus-scented flowers, arranged in a ring.[1] They begin purple–pink in colour, and become darker over time.[3] It has broader leaves than A. belladonna, longer stamens and a more deeply divided trifid stigma.[1]


Amaryllis paradisicola is known from a single population comprising fewer than 1000 individuals. They grow on shady quartzite cliffs in the Richtersveld National Park, near the town of Vioolsdrif, Northern Cape.[4] This is a much drier and cooler environment than that enjoyed by A. belladonna in the Western Cape.[3] Although it occurs only in a protected area, A. paradisicola is considered a vulnerable species on the Red List of South African Plants, because of the potential effects of damage by baboons.[4]


  1. ^ a b c D. A. Snijman & G. Williamson (1998). "A new species of Amaryllis from the Richtersveld, South Africa". Bothalia. 28: 192–196.
  2. ^ Helga Urban & Marion Nickig (2009). "Amaryllis belladonna". Schön, aber gefährlich [Beautiful but dangerous] (in German). Books on Demand. pp. 54–55. ISBN 9783837039160.
  3. ^ a b Jim Lykos (October 13, 2006). "Amaryllis paradisicola". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b D. A. Snijman, J. E. Victor & D. Raimondo (2007). "Amaryllis paradisicola Snijman". National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2012.1. Retrieved September 26, 2012.

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