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Four genera and about 20 species
(mainly tropical and subtropical South America but also in Africa
and Asia), with two genera and two species naturalised in southern
Africa and a further genus and two species that are cultivated in
Genera naturalised in southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
About 10-15 species (S Florida and
Texas through to Argentina), with one species,
Anredera cordifolia (Madeira
vine, Bridal wreath) naturalised in southern Africa; it is also a
Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa. This
species is native to Paraguay and Argentina.
About five species; Basella
paniculata is naturalised in southern Africa
and Basella alba
(Malabar spinach, Ceylon
spinach) is cultivated in the region.
Other species, cultivated in southern Africa
Information from Glen (2002).
Ullucus tuberosus (Ulluc, Oca
Native to South America.