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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

Cineraria is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family,[1][2] native primarily to southern Africa with a few species farther north. 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).[3]

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



  1. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1763. Species Plantarum, Editio Secunda 1242–1245 in Latin
  2. ^ Tropicos, Cineraria L.
  3. ^ "Index Nominum Genericorum database". International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Smithsonian Institution. 1951. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  4. ^ Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  5. ^ "Cineraria L.". African Flowering Plant Database. 1850. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Tropicos. "Othonna geifolia L.". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2008-04-03.