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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Osyris

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core eudicots > Order: Santalales > Family: Santalaceae

Nine species, distributed throughout Africa, the Mediterranean region and S. Asia, with three species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Osyris compressa (Cape Sumach)

Occurs from the Western Cape through to tropical Africa. Hemiparasitic shrub or small tree growing to a height of about 5 m. In the Cape, flowers from December to June. Fruit is a red to black drupe.

Osyris lanceolata

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Osyris speciosa