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the web of life in southern Africa

Withania somnifera (Indian ginseng, Poison gooseberry, Winter cherry)

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: Solanales > Family: Solanaceae

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Herbivores in southern Africa

Acherontia atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth).

The caterpillars eat the leaves of many species in the Solanaceae, including Withania.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae

Photo by H.L. O'Heffernan, Iziko