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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Cabombaceae (Water-shield family)

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

Two genera and six species (patchily distributed worldwide), with one species, Brasenia schreberi, widely distributed worldwide, including in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa


One species, Brasenia schreberi, which has a wide distribution, through America, Australia and Africa. Within southern Africa it is a common species in the Okavango Swamps, Botswana.



  • Glen, R.P. 2000. Cabombaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 197. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.