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Family: Eriocaulaceae

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

A family of mainly aquatic plants containing 10 genera and 1160 species (pantropical, extending into temperate regions), with three genera and 25 species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Glen (2000).


About 250-400 species (tropical and subtropical), with 22 species native to southern Africa.


One species native to southern Africa - Mesanthemum africanum (recorded from Zimbabwe).



About 80 species (mainly South American but also Africa), with two species native to southern Africa: Syngonanthus wahlbergii (Limpopo and Mpumalanga) and Syngonanthus longibracteatus (recorded from Zimbabwe).



  • Glen, R.P. 2000. Eriocaulaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 607. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.