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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Herniaria

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 47 species (Eurasia, Canary Islands and Africa), with four species native to southern Africa and a further species that is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Herniaria capensis


Herniaria erckertii


Herniaria grimmii


Herniaria schlechteri


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Herniaria glabra

Native to Europe, Asia and North Africa.



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