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Savannosiphon is a genus of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, first described as a new species in 1980. It contains only one known species, Savannosiphon euryphylla, native to tropical Africa (Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe).[1][2][3][4]

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Crocoideae
Tribe: Watsonieae
Genus: Savannosiphon
Goldblatt & Marais
Binomial name
Savannosiphon euryphylla
(Harms) Goldblatt & Marais
  • Lapeirousia euryphylla Harms
  • Acidanthera euryphylla (Harms) Diels

The genus name, derived from the word savanna and the Greek word siphon (meaning "tube") alludes to its habitat and the structure of its perianth tube.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Lebrun J.-P. & Stork, A.L. (1995). Énumération des Plants à Fleurs D'Afrique Tropicale 3: 1-341. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.
  3. ^ Goldblatt, P. (1996). Iridaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-89.
  4. ^ Geerinck, D (2005). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaïre - Rwanda - Burundi) Iridaceae: 1-102. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise.
  5. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 123–24. ISBN 0-88192-897-6.