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Epilobium (Willow-herb 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: Myrtales > Family: Onagraceae

There are 185 species worldwide, North America having the most species. Four species are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Epilobium capense


Epilobium hirsutum (Great willow-herb)

Epilobium salignum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Epilobium tetragonum



  • Goldblatt, P. & Raven, P.H. 1997. FSA contributions 9: Onagraceae. Bothalia 27: 149-165.

  • Raven, P.H. 1967. A revision of the African species of Epilobium (Onagraceae). Bothalia 9: 309-333.


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