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Caprifoliaceae (elder family)

[= Diervillaceae, Dipsacaceae, Valerianaceae]

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 > Dipsacales

Forty-two genera and and 890 species worldwide, with four genera and 25 species native to southern Africa, a further two genera and two species naturalised, and a further seven genera and 35 species that have been cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).


Fourteen species native to southern Africa.



One species native to southern Africa - Pterocephalus centennii (recorded from Mozambique).



Nine species native to southern Africa.



One species native to southern Africa and two species cultivated.


Genera naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).


One species naturalised in southern Africa - Centranthus ruber.



Sixteen species and three hybrids cultivated in southern Africa, of which one species has become naturalised in Zimbabwe.


Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species name is provided in genera that have only one species represented in southern Africa.


Four species and a number of hybrids grown in southern Africa.

Abelia sp.


Two species cultivated.


Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beautybush)

Native to China.


Leycesteria formosa

Native from India to China.



Two species cultivated.



Three species cultivated.



About 12 species, native to E Asia. Four species have been cultivated as garden plants in southern Africa.


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