Plants of southern Africa

There are more than 22 000 different species of seed plants indigenous to southern Africa. These are arranged into about 2 180 genera, which in turn form part of 227 families. We have described some of the more popular plants on this site.

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Each week we add more as Plants of the Week.

You can also select plants by habit:


Additional information on orchids (Orchidaceae) was developed by Hubert Kurzweil in 2000. For more information about the Proteaceae (proteas) see the old Protea Atlas web site (this website is no longer being updated).

For information about gardening and landscaping with SA plants and medicinal plants, please see the section on Using SA Plants.

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