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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Martyniaceae

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 I > Order: Lamiales

Five genera and 16 species (New World); two species of different genera (Ibicella and Proboscidea) are naturalised in southern Africa.

Genera naturalised in southern Africa

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


The three species are native to warm regions of South America and one, Ibicella lutea, has been introduced to southern Africa where it has become a garden escape and a weed of cultivation.



The nine species are native to warm regions of South America. Proboscidea fragrans originates from Mexico and besides being an ornamental garden species, it is also cultivated for its fruit. In southern Africa it occurs as a garden escape and is thought to have become naturalised.



  • Smithies, S.J. 2000. Pedaliaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 436-440. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.