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Family: Molluginaceae

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 > Order: Caryophyllales

About 12 genera and 91 species (tropics and subtropics, mainly in southern Africa), with nine genera and 68 species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Dreyer and Jordaan (2000). Genera moved out of Molluginaceae (following Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, Jan 2007) include Limeum (into the Limeaceae) and Corbichonia (into Lophiocarpaceae).

Adenogramma

Ten species, endemic to southern Africa (Northern Cape and Western Cape).

 

Coelanthum

Three species, endemic to southern Africa (coastal belt from Namibia to Western Cape).

 

Glinus

About 13 species (pantropical plus two temperate weed species), with three species native to southern Africa.

 

Hypertelis

Nine species (Africa and Madagascar), of which seven are native to southern Africa.

 

Mollugo

About 30 species (tropics and subtropics), with six species native to southern Africa.

 

Pharnaceum

Twenty-four species, all of which are native to southern Africa.

 

Polpoda

The two species are endemic to southern Africa (Western Cape).

 

Psammotropha

Eleven species (Africa), all of which are native to southern Africa.

 

Suessenguthiella

Two species, endemic to southern Africa (Namibia and Northern Cape).

 

Publications

  • Dreyer, L.L. and Jordaan, M. 2000. Molluginaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 410-413). National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

 


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