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Four of the eleven families are encountered in southern
Africa but only two of them are indigenous. There are about 67 genera and 1558
species, of which 10 genera and 87 species are native to southern Africa, with
one genus and species naturalised. An additional five genera and 17 species are
cultivated in southern Africa.
Families encountered in southern Africa
Alstroemeriaceae (Peruvian lily
Three genera and 165 species (South and Central America). Two genera and six
species cultivated in southern Africa.
Fifteen genera and 245 species, native to the Old
World, with eight genera and 85 species native to southern Africa.
Two genera and about 315 species (tropical and temperate regions). Smilax
anceps is native to southern Africa, see
Flora of Mozambique.
Sixteen genera and 635 species (mainly north temperate
regions). Liliaceae used to include a broad range of genera but it has been
split into a large number of different families and what remains in the
Liliaceae does not include any species native to southern Africa. However one
genus and species is naturalised and
at least three genera and 11 species are cultivated in the region.
Families not encountered in southern Africa
Corsiaceae, Campynemataceae, Petermanniaceae,
Luzuriagaceae, Melanthiaceae, Philesiaceae, Rhipogonaceae