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the web of life in southern Africa

Tribe: Tarchonantheae

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

Two genera and 15 species are native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

(based on Herman et al. 2000)


The six species are native to Africa, all occurring in southern Africa.


The 15 or so species are found in Africa and the Mascarene Islands, nine of which are found in southern Africa.

Brachylaena discolor (Coastal silver oak)


  • 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.