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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Styracaceae

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

About 11 genera and 160 species, native to the Americas, the Mediterranean, east and southeastern Asia. Three genera and three species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Halesia tetraptera (Snowdrop tree)

Native to SE USA.


Pterostyrax hispida (Oba-Asagara)

Native to China and Japan


Styrax japonica (Japanese snowdrop tree)

Native to Japan, Korea and China.


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