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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Crassulaceae

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: Saxifragales

Thirty-four genera and 1370 species (cosmopolitan except Australia and Western Pacific) of which six genera and 272 species are native to southern Africa. In addition, eight genera and 40 species are cultivated in southern Africa.  

Genera native to southern Africa

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


A total of 29 species, all endemic to southern Africa.


All eleven species are native to southern Africa but some of them have distributions extending further north.


About 300 species (including Africa, Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand) of which 160 are native to southern Africa.


About 200 species (tropical Africa, Madagascar, S and SE Asia, N Australia) of which 23 are native to southern Africa, one species is naturalised and an additional 11 species are cultivated in the region.


One species native to southern Africa: Pistorinia distrata.



All 48 species are endemic to southern Africa.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species is listed for genera with only one species cultivated.


Three species cultivated, all native to the Canary Islands.



Record of one unidentified species cultivated.



Seven species cultivated; all native to the USA and Mexico.



Record of one unidentified species cultivated.


Rosularia sedoides

Native to northern India.



Fourteen species cultivated.



Record of one unidentified species cultivated.


Tacitus bellus

Native to Mexico.



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