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the web of life in southern Africa

Order: Canellales

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

Nine genera and about 88 species in two families. Warburgia salutaris (Pepper-bark tree) in the Canellaceae is the only species native to southern Africa. In addition, Drimys winteri (Winter's bark) in the Winteraceae is cultivated in the region.

Families encountered in southern Africa


Five genera and 13 species (Central and South America, Africa and Madagascar), with one species, Warburgia salutaris (Pepper-bark tree), native to southern Africa.


Four genera and 60-90 species (Central and South America, Madagascar, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand), with no species native to southern Africa. One species, Drimys winteri (Winter's bark), is cultivated in the region.