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Genus: Melianthus 

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 > Order: Geraniales > Family: Melianthaceae 

Six species, endemic to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

 List from Archer (2003).

Melianthus comosus (Touch-me-not herb)

Kruidjie-roer-my-nie [Afrikaans]; Ibonya [Zulu]

Distribution: widespread in southern Africa

Melianthus dregeanus

Distribution: Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal


Melianthus elongatus

Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape


Melianthus major

Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape

Melianthus pectinatus

Distribution: Namibia, Northern Cape


Melianthus villosus

Distribution: Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho



  • Archer, R.H. 2003. Melianthaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 631. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.