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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Achariaceae 

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: Malpighiales

Thirty genera and 145 species (pantropical), with six genera and seven species native to southern Africa. An additional three species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

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

Acharia tragodes

Endemic to southern Africa.

Ceratiosicyos laevis

Endemic to southern Africa. See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 540.

Guthriea capensis

Endemic to southern Africa.

Kiggelaria africana (Wild peach)

A tree with separate male and female flowers found from the Cape to tropical Africa. The sole member of its genus. Previously placed in the Flacourtiaceae or the Kiggelariaceae.

Rawsonia lucida

One of two species in the genus. Previously placed in the Flacourtiaceae.


Ten species in the genus, of which two are recorded in southern Africa - Xylotheca kraussiana and Xylotheca tettensis (recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This genus is considered to be synonymous with Oncoba by some publications. Previously placed in the Flacourtiaceae.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

From Glen (2002).


Three species cultivated: Hydnocarpus kurzii (Chaulmoogra tree) (native to India and Burma), Hydnocarpus laurifolia (native to India), and Hydnocarpus pentandra (also native to India).



  • Killick, D.J.B. 1976. Achariaceae. Flora of southern Africa 22: 128-134.

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.