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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Saxifragaceae

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: Saxifragales

Not native to southern Africa, but seven genera and 15 species are cultivated in the region.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). Francoa is now placed under Francoaceae; and Carpenteria, Philadelphus, Deutzia, Hydrangea and Dichroa are now in the Hydrangeaceae.


Two species cultivated - Astilbe chinensis and Astilbe taquetii.



Three species cultivated.



Four species cultivated.



Three species cultivated.


Tolmiea menziesii

Native from Alaska to California.


Mitella ovalis

Native to western Canada and USA.


Chrysosplenium alternifolium

Native to north temperate regions.



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