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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Juncaceae

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

Seven genera and 430 species (cosmopolitan), with two genera (Juncus and Luzula) and 20 species native to southern Africa, five species naturalised, and an additional one species that is cultivated.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


About 250 species (cosmopolitan), with 19 species native to southern Africa and five naturalised. Generally found in moist situations such as along margins of streams, dams and vleis.


About 80 species (cosmopolitan, but mainly north temperate regions), with one species, Luzula africana, native to southern Africa. In addition, Luzula nivea has been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa (Glen 2002).  



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