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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Cerastium

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 100 species (almost cosmopolitan but mainly N temperate regions of the Old World), with six species native to southern Africa and a further two species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Cerastium arabidis


Cerastium capense


Cerastium dichotomum


Cerastium fontanum


Cerastium glomeratum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cerastium indicum


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cerastium grandiflorum

Native to the Balkans.


Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-summer)

Native from Italy to western Asia.



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