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Family: Linderniaceae

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 I > Order: Lamiales

There are 13 genera and 195 species (pantropical to warm temperate, mainly New World), of which two genera and 13 species are native to southern Africa. These genera were previously placed in the Scrophulariaceae.

Genera native to southern Africa

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


About 80 species, native to Europe and Africa, with 11 species in southern Africa.



About 40 species, native to the tropics, mainly SE Asia, Indian Ocean islands, and Africa. Two species, Torenia spicata and Torenia thouarsii, are native to southern Africa.



  • Smithies, S.J. 2000. Scrophulariaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 508-537. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


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