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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Cryptocarya

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > magnoliids > Order: Laurales > Family: Lauraceae

About 350 species worldwide (pantropical, mainly Indo-Malayan), with seven species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cryptocarya angustifolia


Cryptocarya latifolia


Cryptocarya liebertiana (Tropical wild-quince, Wild quince)

Native distribution includes Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).

Cryptocarya myrtifolia


Cryptocarya transvaalensis


Cryptocarya woodii (Cape quince)


Cryptocarya wyliei (Red quince)

Native distribution includes the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.