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Seven families, 129 genera and 2295 species, of which four families, 28 genera
and 125 species are encountered in southern Africa. Of these two families, 18
genera and 104 species are native to the region, two genera and three species are
naturalised, and eight genera and 39 species are cultivated.
Families encountered in southern Africa
Two genera and about 1401 species. All the species belong to the genus
Begonia except for one,
Hillebrandia sandwicensis, which is not encountered in southern Africa.
Most of the Begonia species are native to tropical America and Asia
but the genus is also found in Africa; 13 species are native to southern
Africa, and an additional 21 species and two hybrids cultivated in the
One genus, Coriaria, with a scattered native distribution round the
world but not including Africa south of the Sahara. Coriaria myrtifolia
(Redoul) is native to southwestern Europe and is cultivated in southern
One genus, Corynocarpus, native from New Guinea to New Zealand.
Corynocarpus laevigatus (Karaka, New Zealand laurel) is cultivated in
Cucurbitaceae (pumpkin and melon
There are about 118 genera and 845 species of
Cucurbitaceae worldwide, with 17 genera and 91 species native to
southern Africa, a further two genera and three species that are
naturalised, and a further six genera and 16 species that are cultivated
in the region. Some well known vegetables fall in this family such as
melons and Cucumber.
Families not encountered in southern Africa: Anisophylleaceae, Datiscaceae, Tetramelaceae