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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Cistaceae

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 > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales

Has a mainly north temperate distribution but the family is also native to South America. There are no species native to southern Africa but three genera and 15 species are cultivated in the region.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).


About 20 species, native to the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands. Ten species and two hybrids are cultivated in southern Africa.

Cistus x purpureus (Orchid rockrose)


One species cultivated: Tuberaria guttata. See Wikipedia



About 110 species, native to the Americas, Europe, North Africa to Asia Minor, and Central Asia. Four species are cultivated in southern Africa.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.