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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Brownea

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: Caesalpinioideae

About 30 species, native to the American tropics. Three species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Brownea coccinea (Scarlet flame bean)

Native from Ecuador to Venezuela.


Brownea grandiceps (Rose-of-Venezuela)

Native from Venezuela to Peru.


Brownea macrophylla (Rouge puff)

Native from Panama to Peru.




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