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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Menyanthaceae

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 II > Order: Asterales

There are five genera and about 40-50 species in this cosmopolitan family, with two genera and eight species occurring in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

From Bredenkamp (2000).


About 20 species, native to Africa, Asia, East Indies, Australia and New Zealand, with five species in southern Africa.

Nymphoides indica


About 16 species, native to SE Asia, Australia and southern Africa, with three species occurring in southern Africa.



  • Bredenkamp, C.L. 2000. Menyanthaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 359-360. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.