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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Berberidaceae

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

Fourteen genera and 701 species (mainly north temperate, also Central and South America, East Asia and East Africa), none of which are native in southern Africa. However, three genera and 17 species are cultivated in the region.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)

Native to China and Japan.



Eleven species cultivated.


Five species cultivated.


  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.