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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago family)

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 > Order: Caryophyllales

About 27 genera and 836 species (cosmopolitan), of which four genera and 24 species are native to southern Africa and a further two genera and eight species are cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa

Information from Bredenkamp (2000).


Three species, native to India, Arabia, Socotra and Africa, with one species, Dyerophytum africanum native to southern Africa (Namibia, Northern Cape, Western Cape).



About 350 species, native to coastal and arid regions of the northern Hemisphere, Africa and Australia, with 18 species native to southern Africa.

Limonium perezii


About 24 species, native to warm regions worldwide, with five species native to southern Africa and a further two species that are cultivated in the region. 

Plumbago auriculata

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).


Eight species, native to Africa and Asia. Three species, all native to China, are cultivated in southern Africa.



Three species cultivated.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Bredenkamp, C.L. 2000. Plumbaginaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 447-448). National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.