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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Platanaceae (Plane tree family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Proteales

One genus (Platanus) and 10 species (north temperate regions), none of which are native to southern Africa. However, four species and one hybrid are cultivated in the region. In particular, Platanus x hispanica (London plane) is a common street tree and is also grown in gardens.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

Platanus (plane trees)

Four species and one hybrid cultivated. The most commonly grown species in South Africa is Platanus x hispanica (London plane). It produces 'itchy ball' seed heads and is commonly grown in gardens and along streets.

Platanus x acerifolia (London Plane)