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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Dahlia

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 > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Coreopsideae

Dahlia hybrids in garden, Western Cape. [photo H. Robertson ]

About 30 species, native to the mountainous regions of Mexico and Central America. There are about 20000 different cultivars, derived mainly from the species Dahlia pinnata and Dahlia coccinea. 

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dahlia excelsa

Native to Mexico.


Dahlia imperialis (Tree dahlia)

Native from Mexico to Colombia.


Herbivores in southern Africa