Vahlia is a genus of herbs and subshrubs that grow in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. There are at least five species.

The later homonym Vahlia Dahl is now known as Dombeya.

Vahlia capensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Vahliales
Family: Vahliaceae
Airy Shaw
Genus: Vahlia

5 species; see text.

The genus is placed alone in family Vahliaceae. This family had previously been placed in the Saxifragales order, and was reassigned to the new order Vahliales in 2016 by the APG IV system.[1]


  1. Vahlia capensis (L. fil.) Thunb.;[2] South Africa (Cape Prov.)
  2. Vahlia dichotoma (J. A. Murr.) Kuntze,[2] Mauritania, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Western Sahara, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, ?Togo, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Chad, Zimbabwe, India, Sri Lanka
  3. Vahlia digyna (Retz.) Kuntze [2] Egypt (Nile Valley), Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind, Pakistani Punjab), NW-India, Botswana, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, NE-Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, etc., Madagascar
  4. Vahlia geminiflora (Del.) Bridson [2] Egypt (Nile Valley), Iran (S-Iran), Iraq (SE-Iraq: Mesopotamia), Mali, Niger, N-Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mauritania
  5. Vahlia somalensis Chiov.,[2] Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya


  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2016). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 181 (1): 1–20. doi:10.1111/boj.12385.
  2. "Genus Vahlia". ITIS/Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

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