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Genus: Cuphea

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 II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Lythraceae

About 260 species, native to warm regions of the Americas. Seven species and one hybrid cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Native to Mexico and Guatemala.


Cuphea ignea (Cigar flower)

Native to Mexico and Jamaica.

Cuphea ignea (Cigar flower)

Cuphea lanceolata

Native to Mexico.


Cuphea ilavea

Native to Mexico.


Cuphea micropetala

Native to Mexico.


Cuphea miniata

Native to Mexico.


Cuphea procumbens

Native from southern USA to Bolivia.


Cuphea x purpurea




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


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