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the web of life in southern Africa

Order: Buxales

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

Two families, five genera and about 72 species worldwide, mainly in the Buxaceae, which is the only family represented in southern Africa. Two species of Buxus are native to southern Africa and an additional two genera and four species are cultivated in the region.

Families encountered in southern Africa

Buxaceae (box family)

The five genera and about 70 species have a scattered distribution worldwide, with two species in the genus Buxus native to southern Africa. A further two genera and four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Families not encountered in southern Africa: Didymelaceae.