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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Elaeagnaceae (oleaster family)

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 > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales

Three genera and about 77 species, mainly native to north temperate regions but also extending into tropical Asia and Australia. Two genera and six species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species is listed if it is the only representative of the genus in southern Africa.

Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn, Sallow thorn)

Native to Eurasia.


Elaeagnus (oleaster, silverberry genus)

About 68 species, mainly native to Asia but the distribution does extend south to Australia and into North America. Five species and a hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.




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