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Genus: Lavatera

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: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

About 23 species worldwide. Four species have been introduced to southern Africa and become naturalised and a further four species are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Lavatera arborea (Tree mallow)

Native to Europe.


Lavatera assurgentiflora

Native to California.


Lavatera cretica

Native to Europe.


Lavatera trimestris

Native to the Mediterranean.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lavatera acerifolia

Native to the Canary Islands.


Lavatera alba

Native to the Mediterranean?


Lavatera insularis

Native to California.


Lavatera phoenicea

Native to Madeira.



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


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