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Family: Myristicaceae (Nutmeg family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > magnoliids > Order: Magnoliales

About 20 genera and 475 species, pantropical with none native to southern Africa. Two genera and species are cultivated in the region, including Myristica fragrans, which yields nutmeg and mace spices.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg tree)

Native to Indonesia; yields nutmeg and mace spices. See Wikipedia.

Virola surinamensis (Caihuba)

Native from Costa Rica to Bolivia. Previously placed in the Annonaceae. See Wikipedia.


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


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