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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Cunoniaceae

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 I > Order: Oxalidales

There are 27 genera and about 280 species worldwide (mainly the temperate and tropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere). Cunonia capensis and Platypholus trifoliatus are the only species native to southern Africa. Four genera and four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa


One species in southern Africa: Cunonia capensis


One species native to southern Africa - Platylophus trifoliatus.


Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). Species is listed for genera where there is only one species cultivated.

Bauera rubioides

Native to Australia. Placed in Escalloniaceae by Glen (2002).


Ceratopetalum gummiferum (Australian white alder, Christmas bush)

Native to Australia.


Weinmannia tinctoria (Tan rouge)

Native to Mauritius and Réunion.


Callicoma serratifolia (Callicoma)

Native to Australia.



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