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Genus: Nesaea

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 50-70 species worldwide, of which 28 species are native to southern Africa. In addition, Nesaea calcicola (native to Madagascar) is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Nesaea alata


Nesaea anagalloides


Nesaea aspera


Nesaea cordata


Nesaea crassicaulis


Nesaea cymosa


Nesaea dinteri


Nesaea erecta

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Nesaea drummondii


Nesaea heptamera

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Nesaea luederitzii


Nesaea minima


Nesaea ondongana


Nesaea passerinoides


Nesaea prieuriana


Nesaea radicans


Nesaea rautanenii


Nesaea rigidula

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Nesaea sagittifolia


Nesaea saluta


Nesaea sarcophylla


Nesaea schinzii


Nesaea schlechteri


Nesaea teixeirae


Nesaea tolypobotrys


Nesaea wardii


Nesaea woodii


Nesaea zambatidis


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Nesaea calcicola

Native to Madagascar.



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


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