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Table 4 List of top 20 most species-rich plant families and genera recorded in tropical African forests

From: Exploring the floristic diversity of tropical Africa

Family Total # species Genus Total # species
Rubiaceae 1698 Psychotria 251
Fabaceae 1590 Cyperus 179
Orchidaceae 928 Polystachya 156
Asteraceae 753 Crotalaria 154
Poaceae 722 Pavetta 145
Acanthaceae 526 Vernonia 115
Cyperaceae 443 Combretum 108
Apocynaceae 430 Begonia 107
Malvaceae 413 Impatiens 102
Euphorbiaceae 402 Indigofera 102
Lamiaceae 367 Euphorbia 101
Annonaceae 306 Rinorea 99
Melastomataceae 231 Habenaria 92
Phyllanthaceae 190 Cola 91
Sapindaceae 176 Dichapetalum 89
Celastraceae 167 Justicia 88
Sapotaceae 164 Asplenium 82
Asparagaceae 159 Millettia 82
Convolvulaceae 148 Bulbophyllum 80
Polypodiaceae 141 Phyllanthus 79
  1. The families and genera are ordered from largest to smallest
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