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Genus: Cussonia

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 > Order: Apiales > Family: Araliaceae

The 25 species are native to tropical and southern Africa, as well as the Mascarene Islands. There are 12 species in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cussonia angolensis


Cussonia arborea

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cussonia arenicola


Cussonia gamtoosensis


Cussonia natalensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cussonia nicholsonii


Cussonia paniculata


Cussonia sphaerocephala


Cussonia spicata

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cussonia thyrsiflora


Cussonia transvaalensis


Cussonia zuluensis



  • Reyneke, W.F. 1981. 'n Morfologies-taksonomiese studie van die familie Araliaceae in suidelike Afrika. D.Sc. study, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.

  • Reyneke, W.F. 1984. A new species of Cussonia (Araliaceae) from the Transvaal. South African Journal of Botany 36: 369-373.

  • Reyneke, W.F. & Kok, P.D.F. 1987. Two varieties of Cussonia paniculata Eckl. & Zeyh. South African Journal of Botany 53: 317.

  • Strey, R.G. 1973. Notes on the genus Cussonia in South Africa. Bothalia 11: 191-201.

  • Strey, R.G. 1975. Araliaceae. A new species of Cussonia from the southern Cape. Bothalia 11: 515.


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