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the web of life in southern Africa

Tribe: Plucheeae

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

Eight genera and 25 species are native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

(based on Herman et al. 2000)


The two species are native to Africa, Arabia and Madagascar, of which one occurs in southern Africa.



There are 17 species, native to tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Asia. There are two species in southern Africa.



The only species, Litogyne gariepina, has a distribution within Africa that includes southern Africa.



One species, Neojeffreya decurrens, native to Africa and Madagascar, including Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.



The seven species are endemic to Africa, with six occurring in southern Africa.



About 80 species, native to Asia, America, Africa and Australia, with four species found in southern Africa.



The only species is Pseudoconyza viscosa, which has a wide distribution covering Central America, Asia and Africa, including in southern Africa



About 40 species, native to Africa, India and Java, with nine species found in southern Africa.



  • Anderberg, A.A. 1991. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the tribe Plucheeae (Asteraceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 176: 145-177.

  • Anderberg, A.A. 1994. Tribes Inuleae, Plucheeae, Gnaphalieae. In: Asteraceae, Cladistics and Classification (ed. K. Bremer). Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, pp. 273-364.

  • 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.

  • Keeley, S.C. & Jansen, R.K. 1991. Evidence from chloroplast DNA for the recognition of a new tribe, the Tarchonantheae, and the tribal placement of Pluchea (Asteraceae). Systematic Botany 16: 173-181.