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Family: Xyridaceae

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

A family of aquatic plants containing five genera and about 260 species (pantropical to warm temperate), with one genus (Xyris) and 17 species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Glen (2000).


About 250 species (mainly North and South America, but also Australia, Asia and Africa), with 17 species native to southern Africa.


  • Glen, R.P. 2000. Xyridaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 737. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.