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Genus: Ligustrum (privets)

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 > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Oleaceae

About 50 species, native to Europe, North Africa, and eastern and southeastern Asia through to Australia. Seven species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa. Five species are declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Flora of Zimbabwe.

Ligustrum lucidum

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Ligustrum ibota

Native to Japan and Korea.

 

Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese privet)

Native to China, Korea and Japan. A declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

 

Ligustrum lucidum (Glossy privet)

Native to China. A declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

 

Ligustrum ovalifolium (Oval-leaved privet)

Native to Japan. A declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

 

Ligustrum sinense (Chinese privet)

Native to China and Vietnam. A declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

 

Ligustrum vulgare (European privet)

Native to Europe. A declared Category 3 invasive plants in South Africa.

 

Ligustrum walkeri

Native to Sri Lanka and India.

 

Ligustrum x 'Vicaryi'

 

Links

Publications

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

 


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