Erythroxylaceae (Coca family)
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Four species and about 260 species worldwide
(tropics, mainly America), of which two genera and six species are native to
southern Africa. The Coca tree, Erythroxylum coca yields the alkaloid
cocaine, a narcotic drug used in medicine and illegal drug use.
Genera native to southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
Erythroxylum (coca genus)
About 250 species worldwide (tropics and subtropics) of
which four are native to southern Africa.
Erythroxylum coca (Coca),
native to the East Andies, and E.
novagranatense yield the alkaloid cocaine, a narcotic drug used in medicine
and illegal drug use.
Erythroxylum coca has been cultivated in southern Africa.
There are six species, of which two are native to