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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Valerianaceae

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 II > Dipsacales

There are 17 genera and 315 species globally. Valeriana capensis is native to southern Africa, Centranthus ruber is naturalised and an additional five species are cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).


One species native to southern Africa and two species cultivated.


Genera naturalised in southern Africa


One species naturalised in southern Africa - Centranthus ruber.


Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).


Three species cultivated.