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Prionium serratum (Palmiet)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Thurniaceae

Palmiet growing alongside a stream on the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, near Knysna, Western Cape. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

Endemic to South Africa, growing along streams and rivers on sandstone substrates in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is the only one of four species in the family Thurniaceae and the only species in the family that is native to southern Africa.


  • Manning, J. 2007. Field Guide to Fynbos. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.


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