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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Arenaria

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 > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Caryophyliaceae

About 150 species, native mainly to N temperate regions; two species have become naturalised in southern Africa and a further two species are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Arenaria diffusa


Arenaria fendleri


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Arenaria serpyllifolia

Native to Europe.


Arenaria tmolea

Native to Turkey.



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