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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Theaceae (camellia and tea 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

About seven genera and 195 species, native mainly from Southeast Asia to Malesia, but also to the southeastern USA. Three genera and four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Camellia (tea genus)

About 120 species, native from the Himalayas to Japan and Indonesia. Two species are cultivated in southern Africa: Camellia japonica (Common camellia) and Camellia sinensis (Tea).

Camellia japonica (Common camellia)

Franklinia alatamaha

Native to southeastern USA.



Two species cultivated: Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese false camellia) (native to Korea and Japan) and Stewartia sinensis (Chinese false camellia) (native to China).