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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Astragalus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 2000 species worldwide, especially diverse in the temperate regions of Asia. Astragalus atropilosulus is the only species native to southern Africa; in addition there is one species naturalised and four species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Astragalus bisulcatus


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Astragalus boeticus

Native from the Canary Islands to Iran.


Astragalus falcatus

Native from the Caucasus to Siberia.


Astragalus odoratus

Native from the Caucasus to western China.


Astragalus robbinsii

Native to the USA.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.