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Tilia (linden genus)

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

Formerly in Tiliaceae. About 30 species, native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Seven species and two hybrids are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Tilia americana (American linden, Basswood)

Native to eastern Canada and the USA.


Tilia cordata (Small-leaved linden)

Native to Europe.


Tilia monticola

Native to the eastern USA.


Tilia oliveri (Chinese linden)

Native to China.


Tilia petiolaris (Weeping silver linden)


Tilia platyphyllos (Large-leaved linden)

Native to central and southern Europe.


Tilia tomentosa (Silver linden)

Native from Hungary to Turkey.


Tilia x euchlora


Tilia x europaea (European linden)




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


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