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Family: Pittosporaceae (cheesewoods)

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 II > Order: Apiales

There are nine genera and about 200 species (Tropics and subtropics from Africa to the Pacific; not in America). Eight of the nine genera are endemic to the Australasian region. Pittosporum viridiflorum is the only species native to southern Africa. In addition, there are two additional species of Pittosporum that have become naturalised and Hymenosporum flavum is also naturalised. A further eight species in the Pittosporaceae are cultivated in gardens in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).

Pittosporum

About 150 species (Africa through to SE Asia, Australasia, Pacific islands), of which one, Pittosporum viridiflorum, is native to southern Africa. There are an additional two species that have become naturalised in southern Africa and six species that are cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI).

Hymenosporum (Sweet cheesewood)

There is a single species, Hymenosporum flavum (Sweet cheesewood), which is native to Australia and New Guinea and which is cultivated in gardens in South Africa. It has become naturalised in parts of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a shrub and has winged seeds.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Sollya

Sollya heterophylla is native to Western Australia and is cultivated in gardens in southern Africa.

Billardiera

Billardiera cymosa (Sweet apple berry, Love fruit) is native to Australia and is cultivated in gardens in southern Africa.

 

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