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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Dorstenia

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 > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Moraceae

There are 105 species distributed in tropical regions, of which five are native to southern Africa. An additional three species are cultivated in southern Africa. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Dorstenia benguellensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Dorstenia buchananii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Dorstenia cuspidata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Dorstenia psilurus

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Dorstenia zambesiaca

Recorded from Mozambique.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Dorstenia contrajerva

Native to Central America, West Indies and Peru.


Dorstenia foetida

Native to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania. Cultivated in the Lowveld Botanical Garden, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Dorstenia hildebrandtii

Native to eastern tropical Africa.