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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Hypericaceae

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: Malpighiales

Of the nine genera and 560 species distributed worldwide, three genera occur in southern Africa, where there are ten native, three naturalised and an additional 14 cultivated species. All three genera were previously placed in the Clusiaceae.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).


About 370 species worldwide of which eight are native to southern Africa, three are naturalised, and an additional 14 species are cultivated in the region. Previously placed in the Clusiaceae.


One species: Harungana madagascariensis, native from Mauritius to tropical Africa (including Zimbabwe and Mozambique).



There are 40-45 species worldwide, of which one Psorospermum febrifugum is native to southern Africa.