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Cannabis sativa (Hemp, Dagga)

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 > Rosids > Eurosid I >  Order: Rosales > Family: Cannabaceae

Cannabis sativa (Hemp, Dagga)
Cannabis sativa (Hemp, Dagga)
Cannabis sativa (Hemp, Dagga) Cannabis sativa (Hemp, Dagga)

Cannabis sativa, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba, Zimbabwe. [photos Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Naturalised in southern Africa and cultivated widely but illegally. Probably originally native to Asia. There is considerable variation within this species in terms of growth form and chemical content. Some authors have split it into three species while others have kept it as one species with 3-4 infraspecific taxa.

Herbivores in southern Africa

Acherontia atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth

 The caterpillar eats the leaves of Cannabis sativa (amongst quite a wide variety of host-plants)

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae