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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Menispermaceae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Ranunculales

Seventy genera and 420 species (Pantropical, extending into temperate regions), with nine genera and 16 species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


About 17 species (tropical and subtropical Africa and Southeast Asia, with one species, Albertisia delagoensis, native to southern Africa (northern KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique).


Two species, endemic to the arid regions of southern Africa.



About 20 species (North and South America, Asia, Africa, Madagascar), with five species native to southern Africa.


About 10 species (North America, Africa, Socotra, Asia to Australia), with one species, Cocculus hirsutus, native to southern Africa.


Three species in tropical Africa, of which one Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii occurs in southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique).


Two species in tropical Africa, of which one Jateorhiza palmata occurs in southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique).


About 30 species (Africa, India, China to New Guinea), with one species, Stephania abyssinica, native to southern Africa.


About 20 species (Old World tropics), with one species, Tiliacora funifera, native to southern Africa.


About 35 species (tropical Africa, Madagascar, Asia to Australia, Pacific), with three species native to southern Africa .


Ten species distributed in tropical Africa and Madagascar, of which one Triclisia sacleuxii is recorded in southern Africa (Mozambique).



  • Jordaan, M. 2000. Menispermaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 356-359. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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