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Genus: Brachylaena

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Tarchonantheae

The 15 or so species are found in Africa and the Mascarene Islands, nine of which are found 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.

Brachylaena discolor (Coastal Silver Oak)

Brachylaena discolor (Coastal silver oak)

Brachylaena elliptica


Brachylaena glabra


Brachylaena huillensis


Brachylaena ilicifolia


Brachylaena neriifolia (Water White Alder)

Brachylaena neriifolia

Brachylaena rotundata

Bergvaalbos [Afrikaans]

See Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 108.

Brachylaena transvaalensis


Brachylaena uniflora



  • Cilliers, S.S. 1991. Pollen morphology and its taxonomic value in Brachylaena (Asteraceae). South African Journal of Botany 57: 325330.
  • Cilliers, S.S. 1993. Synopsis of the genus Brachylaena (Asteraceae) in southern Africa. Bothalia 23: 175184.
  • Cilliers, S.S. & Kruger, H. 1993. Leaf anatomy of the southern African species of Brachylaena (Asteraceae). Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica 34: 335346.
  • Herman, P.P.J. 1998. Asteraceae. A note on the Brachylaena discolor complex. Bothalia 28,1: 42-45.

  • Phillips, E.P. & Schweickerdt, H.G. 1937. A revision of the South African species of Brachylaena R.Br. Bothalia 3: 205-221.


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