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Genus: Jacaranda

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 I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Bignoniaceae

The 49 species are native to the neotropics. Jacaranda mimosifolia, is grown as a garden and street tree in southern Africa. However, it has become naturalised in woodland regions of South Africa and has now been declared an ornamental invader plant, meaning that it used for ornamental purposes in demarcated areas. An additional two species are cultivated in southern Africa, but not naturalised.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda)

Native to Bolivia and Argentina. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda tree)

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Jacaranda caerulea (Cancer tree, What-o'clock)

Native to the Bahamas, Cuba and Hispania.


Jacaranda cuspidifolia (Caroba, Pará parai guazú)

Native to eastern USA.



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