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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Geum

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 > Family: Rosaceae

About 40 species worldwide, mainly in temperate and cold areas of the northern hemisphere. The only species native to southern Africa is Geum capense. A further three species from north temperate regions are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Geum chiloense


Geum rivale (Water avens)

Native to north temperate regions.


Geum urbanum (Wood avens)

Native to northern Europe.



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