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Genus: Pereskia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

Twenty species, native to Central and South America; one species is naturalised in southern Africa and a further four species are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Pereskia aculeata (Barbados gooseberry)

Native to tropical America. A serious invasive species in the coastal forests of KwaZulu-Natal and also naturalised in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo. It is a declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pereskia autumnalis

Native to Guatemala and San Salvador.


Pereskia bahiensis

Native to Brazil.


Pereskia grandifolia

Native to Brazil.


Pereskia sacharosa

Native from Brazil to Argentina.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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