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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Polemoniaceae (phlox 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 > Asterids > Order: Ericales

A total of 18 genera and 385 species, native to the Americas and Eurasia. One species is naturalised in southern Africa, and an additional six genera and 10 species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Flora of Zimbabwe.

Cobaea scandens (Cup and saucer vine)

Native to Mexico, it is cultivated in southern Africa and is a rare escape in Zimbabwe.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). Species are listed for those genera with only one species represented in southern Africa.


Two species cultivated: Cantua buxifolia (native to Peru and Bolivia), and Cantua pyrifolia (native to Peru and Ecuador).



Four species cultivated, all native to the USA.


Gilia achilleifolia

Native to California and Mexico.


Ipomopsis rubra

Native to the USA.


Navarretia squarrosa (Skunkweed)

Native to western Canada and USA.