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the web of life in southern Africa

Tribe: Mutisieae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae

Seven genera and 51 species are native to southern Africa, with one species cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa

(based on Herman et al. 2000)


Total of 35 species, native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Sokotra and India. There are 18 species in southern Africa.



The 12 species are native to Africa, with three species occurring in southern Africa.


Gerbera (Barberton daisy genus)

There are about 30 species, native to Africa, Madagascar and Asia. In southern Africa there are 14 native species.



Eight species native to southern Africa.



The four species are endemic to the southern parts of the Western and Eastern Cape.



There are two species, both endemic to the Western Cape.



The 26 species are native to tropical Africa with two found in southern Africa.


Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).


One unidentified species cultivated.



  • Herman, P.P.J., Retief, E., Koekemoer, M. & Welman, W.G. 2000. Asteraceae (Compositae). In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 101-170. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.