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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Paulowniaceae

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

Contains a single genus, Paulownia, with six species native to East Asia, especially China. One species, Paulownia tomentosa (Empress tree) is cultivated in southern Africa. Paulownia was previously placed in the Scrophulariaceae.


  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.