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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Cornaceae

[= Nyssaceae]

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 > Order: Cornales

Two genera and 10 species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cornus (dogwoods)

About 45 species, native mainly to north temperate regions but also in South America and Africa. Eight species are cultivated in southern Africa.



Two species are cultivated in southern Africa: Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo tree) (native to eastern Canada and the USA), and Davidia involucrata (Dove tree) (native to China).



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.