Manfreda virginica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
clade: Angiosperms
clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Manfreda


Runyonia Rose[1]

Manfreda is a genus of about 20 species of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae.[2] Along with Polianthes, members are commonly called tuberoses. Some authorities place Manfreda in genus Polianthes, while others group place both genera in Agave. The generic name honours 14th century Italian writer Manfredus de Monte Imperiale.[3]

They are native to the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America.

Like others in its family, tuberoses have rosettes of leaves branching from a very short stem, and flowers at the end of a long stalk. The flowers are tubular and whitish, yellow, green, or brownish, with lengthy stamens.

The Texas Tuberose (Manfreda maculosa) is notable for having bright green leaves covered with purple spots.


  • Manfreda brachystachys (Cav.) Rose
  • Manfreda longiflora (Rose) Verh.-Will. – Amole de Río, Longflower Tuberose
  • Manfreda maculosa (Hook.) Rose – Amole de Culebra, Spice Lily, Texas Tuberose
  • Manfreda potosina (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Rose
  • Manfreda sileri Verh.-Will. – Siler's Tuberose
  • Manfreda singuliflora (S.Watson) Rose
  • Manfreda variegata (Jacobi) Rose – Amole Akayman, Mottled Tuberose
  • Manfreda virginica (L.) Salisb. ex Rose – Amole de Virginia, False Aloe[4][5]


  1. ^ "Manfreda Salisb.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Agavoideae, 
  3. ^ "Manfreda Salisbury, Gen. Pl. 78. 1866.". Flora of North America. eFloras. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Manfreda". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Species records of Manfreda". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

External links

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