Fagaceae (Chestnut and Oak family)
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There are eight genera and about 700 species, widely
distributed but with no native species in sub-Saharan Africa. One species of
oak, Quercus robur (English oak) has become naturalised in southern
Africa and an addition three genera and 45 species are cultivated in the region.
Genera naturalised in southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
About 350-450 species worldwide,
native to northern temperate and subtropical regions, extending into the
tropics of W Malasia and NW South America. There are about 41 species of
oaks that are cultivated as garden and street trees to southern Africa, of
which one, Quercus robur (English oak), has become naturalised in the
Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
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.
Nothofagus is now placed in
Fagus sylvatica (European beech)
Eight species, native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Three species are cultivated in southern Africa including the the
Sweet chestnut Castanea sativa.
Lithocarpus edulis (Japanese
Native to Japan.