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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Sagina

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 30 species (nearly cosmopolitan but not native to southern Africa), of which two, Sagina apetala and Sagina maritima, are naturalised in southern Africa, where they are found as tiny weeds in lawns. In addition, Sagina procumbens (Pearlwort) is cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Sagina apetala

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Sagina maritima


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Sagina procumbens (Pearlwort)

Native to Europe.



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