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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Canna (cannas)

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

The only genus in the family. There are about 19 species (New World tropics), with one species and one hybrid naturalised in southern Africa, and an additional three species cultivated. Canna indica (Indian shot) is a declared Category 1 invader plant in South Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Canna indica (Indian shot)

Native to central and South America.

Canna x generalis


Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Canna flaccida

Native to south-eastern USA.


Canna glauca

Native from the West Indies to Argentina.