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Five families of which four are encountered in southern
Africa. About 154 genera and
2929 species of which ten genera and 24 species (all in
Annonaceae) are native to southern
Africa. An additional seven genera and 28 species are cultivated in the region.
Families encountered in southern Africa
A tropical family with 129 genera and 2220 species. Ten genera
and 24 species are native to southern Africa and a further two genera and
seven species are cultivated in the region. The genus
Annona contains a number of species that are
cultivated for their fruit, including
apple and Soursop.
Consists of one genus, Eupomatia, with three
species. Native to New Guinea and Eastern Australia. One species,
(Bolwarra), is cultivated in southern Africa.
Two genera and 227 species, native to east and southeast Asia and the
Americas. Both genera and 18 species are cultivated in southern
Myristicaceae (Nutmeg genus)
About 20 genera and 475 species, pantropical with none
native to southern Africa. Two genera and two species are cultivated in the region,
including Myristica fragrans, which yields nutmeg and mace spices.
Families not encountered in southern Africa: Degeneriaceae, Himantandraceae.