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Aesculus (horse chestnut 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: Sapindales > Family: Sapindaceae

Thirteen to 19 species, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Three species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Aesculus hippocastanum (Common horse chestnut)

Native to Greece and Albania. See Wikipedia


Aesculus indica (Indian horse chestnut)

Native to India and Pakistan.


Aesculus parviflora (Dwarf buckeye, Bottlebrush buckeye)

Native to southeastern USA. See Wikipedia


Aesculus x carnea (Red horse chestnut)

A hybrid of Aesculus pavia (Red buckeye) and Aesculus hippocastanum (Common horse chestnut). See Wikipedia




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


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