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Family: Hydrangeaceae

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 > Order: Cornales

Seventeen genera and about 190 species, native to warm temperate regions and the tropics. Five genera and 17 species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002), where these genera are included in the Saxifragaceae. The species is listed for genera with only one species represented in the region.

Carpenteria californica

Native to California, USA.



About 60 species, native to North America, Central America, Asia and southeastern Europe. Five species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.



About 60 species, native to Asia, Europe and Central America, but with the highest diversity in China. Three species and two hybrids are cultivated in southern Africa.



About 70-75 species, native to China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, Indonesia, North and South America. Seven species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Hydrangea macrophylla

Dichroa versicolor

Native to Hong Kong.



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


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