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Genus: Talinum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Talinaceae

There are about 40 species, distributed in Africa and the Americas, with five species native to southern Africa , in summer rainfall areas, and a further species that is naturalised in the region. 

Species native to southern Africa

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

Talinum arnotii


Talinum caffrum


Talinum crispatulum


Talinum portulacifolium


Talinum tenuissimum


Species naturalised in southern Africa

Talinum paniculatum (Jewels-of-opar)

Native to southern USA and Central America. Listed in Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) as native to southern Africa, but presumably this is a mistake.



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