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the web of life in southern Africa

Order: Nymphaeales

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants)

Contains two families: the Cabombaceae and the Nymphaeaceae (water lily family). There are six genera and 74 species worldwide, with two genera and three species native to southern Africa.

Families encountered in southern Africa

Both the families are native to southern Africa.


Two genera and six species (patchily distributed worldwide), with one species, Brasenia schreberi, widely distributed worldwide, including in southern Africa.


Nymphaeaceae (water lily family)

There are three genera and 58 species (worldwide) with one genus (Nymphaea) and two species native to southern Africa.