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Order: Geraniales 

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 > Rosids

Five families of which three are encountered in southern Africa. Of the 17 genera and 836 species, eight genera and 326 species are native to southern Africa, seven species are naturalised, and an additional genus and 18 species are cultivated in the region.

Families encountered in southern Africa

Francoaceae

Two species, each in their own genus and both native to Chile. Francoa sonchifolia (Bridal wreath) is cultivated in southern Africa.

 

Geraniaceae (geranium and pelargonium family)

Seven genera and 805 species, native to temperate and warm temperate regions. Five genera and 312 species are native to southern Africa, seven species are naturalised, and 17 species are cultivated in the region.

Pelargonium salmoneum

Melianthaceae

Three genera and 17 species, native to southern and tropical Africa. Fourteen species are native to southern Africa.

Melianthus major (Honey bush)

Familes not encountered in southern Africa: Ledocarpaceae, Vivianiaceae

 


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