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This article is about the South African genus Cineraria. For the related ornamental plant also so named, see Florist's Cineraria.
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Cineraria geifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Cineraria
Type species
C. geifolia L.

About 50 species, including:
Cineraria lobata
Cineraria mollis
Cineraria saxifraga
See text.

Cineraria is now generally treated as a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to southern Africa. The genus includes herbaceous plants and small subshrubs.

In the past, the genus was commonly viewed in a broader sense including a number of species from the Canary Islands and Madeira which are now transferred to the genus Pericallis, including the Florist's Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida).

The uses for Cineraria include topical application for the treatment of cataracts.[citation needed]

Species list[edit]

  • Cineraria abyssinica Sch.Bip. ex A.Rich.
  • Cineraria albicans N.E.Br.
  • Cineraria alchemilloides DC.
  • Cineraria anampoza (Baker) Baker
  • Cineraria angulosa Lam.
  • Cineraria aspera Thunb.
  • Cineraria atriplicifolia DC.
  • Cineraria austrotransvaalensis Cron
  • Cineraria canescens J.C.Wendl. ex Link
  • Cineraria cyanomontana Cron
  • Cineraria decipiens Harv.
  • Cineraria deltoidea Sond.
  • Cineraria dryogeton Cron
  • Cineraria erodioides DC.
  • Cineraria erosa (Thunb.) Harv.
  • Cineraria geifolia (L.) L.
    • Othonna geifolia L.
  • Cineraria geraniifolia DC.
  • Cineraria glandulosa Cron
  • Cineraria grandibracteata Hilliard
  • Cineraria huilensis Cron
  • Cineraria lobata L'Hér.
  • Cineraria longipes S.Moore
  • Cineraria lyratiformis Cron
    • Cineraria lyrata DC.
  • Cineraria magnicephala Cron
  • Cineraria mazoensis S.Moore
  • Cineraria mollis E.Mey. ex DC.
  • Cineraria ngwenyensis Cron
  • Cineraria parvifolia Burtt Davy
  • Cineraria pinnata O.Hoffm. ex Schinz
  • Cineraria platycarpa DC.
  • Cineraria pulchra Cron
  • Cineraria saxifraga DC.
  • Cineraria vagans Hilliard
  • Cineraria vallis-pacis Dinter ex Merxm.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Index Nominum Genericorum database". International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Smithsonian Institution. 1951. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Cineraria L.". African Flowering Plant Database. 1850. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  3. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). "GRIN Species Records of Cineraria". Taxonomy for Plants. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Genus Cineraria L.". The PLANTS Database. United States Department of Agriculture,. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  5. ^ Tropicos. "Othonna geifolia L.". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2008-04-03.