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Genus: Nemesia

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: Scrophulariaceae

About 65 species, native to Africa, with 64 species native to southern Africa, mostly occurring in the Western Cape.

Nemesia sp., Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve (Western Cape, South Africa) in recently burnt area.


Besides the wild species, Nemesia has been subject to extensive hybridization to produce a variety of garden varieties:

Nemesia 'Sunsatia Rasberry', New York Botanical Gardens. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Nemesia 'Sunsatia Mango', New York Botanical Gardens. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Species native to southern Africa

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

Nemesia acornis


Nemesia acuminata


Nemesia affinis


Nemesia albiflora


Nemesia anfracta


Nemesia anisocarpa


Nemesia aurantia


Nemesia azurea


Nemesia barbata


Nemesia bicornis


Nemesia bodkinii


Nemesia brevicalcarata


Nemesia caerulea


Nemesia calcarata


Nemesia cheiranthus


Nemesia chrysolopha


Nemesia cynanchifolia


Nemesia deflexa


Nemesia denticulata


Nemesia diffusa


Nemesia euryceras


Nemesia fleckii


Nemesia floribunda


Nemesia fruticans


Nemesia glabriuscula


Nemesia glaucescens


Nemesia gracilis


Nemesia grandiflora


Nemesia hanoverica


Nemesia hemiptera

A short-lived annual that comes up after winter and early spring rains and which is found in the Kamiesberg and adjacent hills in Namaqualand, Northern Cape.


Nemesia ionantha


Nemesia karasbergensis


Nemesia karroensis


Nemesia lanceolata


Nemesia leipoldtii


Nemesia ligulata


Nemesia lilacina


Nemesia linearis


Nemesia lucida


Nemesia macrocarpa


Nemesia macroceras


Nemesia maxii


Nemesia melissifolia


Nemesia micrantha


Nemesia pageae


Nemesia pallida


Nemesia petiolina


Nemesia picta


Nemesia pinnata


Nemesia platysepala


Nemesia psammophila


Nemesia pubescens


Nemesia pulchella


Nemesia rupicola


Nemesia saccata


Nemesia silvatica


Nemesia strumosa


Nemesia suaveolens


Nemesia umbonata


Nemesia versicolor


Nemesia violiflora


Nemesia viscosa


Nemesia williamsonii

Recorded from the Richtersveld National Park and vicinity.


Nemesia zimbabwensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.




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