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Genus: Hypericum

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 > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Malpighiales > Family: Hypericaceae

About 370 species worldwide of which eight are native to southern Africa, three are naturalised, and an additional 14 species are cultivated in the region. Previously placed in the Clusiaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Hypericum aethiopicum

Hypericum lalandii

Hypericum natalense


Hypericum oligandrum


Hypericum peplidifolium

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Hypericum revolutum (Curry-bush)

Hypericum roeperianum (Large-leaved curry-bush)

Hypericum wilmsii

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Hypericum forrestii

[= Hypericum floribundum]

Native to China and Burma.


Hypericum hookerianum


Hypericum perforatum (Klamath weed)

Native from Europe through to China.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hypericum annulatum

Native from Sardinia to tropical Africa.


Hypericum ascyron

Native to China and the USA.


Hypericum balearicum

Native to the Balearic Islands


Hypericum canariense

[= Hypericum floribundum]

Native to the Canary Islands and Madeira.


Hypericum empetrifolium

Native to the eastern Mediterranean.


Hypericum kalmianum

Native to the USA and Canada.


Hypericum monogynum

[= Hypericum chinense]

Native to China and Taiwan.


Hypericum nudiflorum

Native to the southeastern USA.


Hypericum olympicum


Hypericum orientale

Native from Turkey to Azerbaijan.


Hypericum polyphyllum

Native to Turkey.


Hypericum prolificum

Native to eastern USA and Canada.


Hypericum punctatum

Native to eastern USA and Canada.


Hypericum tetrapterum

Native from Madeira through to western Asia.



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


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