AFROTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Savanna

Order Asparagales

Family Amaryllidaceae

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa)

Ammocharis Coranica, 'Ground lily'.

(Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa)

Agapanthus. If you were wondering where all that Agapanthus came from, it's from Southern Africa.


Family Mimosaceae



Earlier this century it was decided to split the old genus of Acacia into several natural groups. The majority of species in the genus are found in Australia, and so it was decided most of these retained the genus name of Acacia.

Vachellia spp. 'Acacia'

(hiding in amongst Acacia thorns)

These Acacias tend to have flowers in balls (capitate inflorescences), and spines on the stems.

Vachellia (Acacia) sieberiana, the 'Paperbark Thorn'

Senegalia spp.

These Acacias tend to have flowers in spikes (spicate inflorescences), and lack spines on the stems.

Order Malpighiales

Family Euphorbiaceae

(Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda)

There are half a dozen species of Euphorbia known as 'Candelabra' that grow as trees in open habitats of Africa. They are also called 'Cactus Tree'; with their thick spiny leaves, they superficially resemble cactus, although they are unrelated.

Order Brassicales

Family Capparaceae

(Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda)

Maerua is a genus of some 70 species. They are shrubs or small trees. They have showy white or yellow flowers with long stamens. Most species are found in Africa, with some species also in tropical Asia.

Order Malvales

Family Malvaceae

(Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa)


(Lake Mburo, Uganda)

? Grewia.

Sterculia appendiculata. Found in tropical woodlands and riverine forest in eastern Africa.

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