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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Goodeniaceae

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 > Euasterid II > Order: Asterales

Sixteen genera and about 430 species (mainly Australia, also New Zealand, Antarctic, South America, tropical Asia and Africa), with one genus (Scaevola) and two species native to southern Africa, and an additional species cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Bredenkamp (2000).


About 130 species, with most of them native to Australia but also distributed in Asia, the Pacific Islands and Africa. Two species are native to southern Africa.


Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species name is provided in genera that have only one species represented in southern Africa.  

Selliera radicans

Native from south-eastern Australia to southern Chile.



  • Bredenkamp, C.L. 2000. Menyanthaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 359-360. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.