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Family: Strelitziaceae (crane flower family)

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

Three genera and seven species (tropical South America, southern Africa and Madagascar), with one genus (Strelitzia) and five species native to southern Africa . In addition, Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveller's palm), which is native to Madagascar, is cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

Information from Archer (2000).

Strelitzia (Crane flower genus)

Five species, endemic to southern Africa.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveller's palm)

Native to Madagascar.



  • Archer, C. 2000. Strelitziaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 734-735. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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