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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Cytisus

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 30-35 species (Europe, North Africa and southwestern Asia), with one species naturalised in southern Africa (Common broom - Cytisus scoparius), and a further eight species and one hybrid that are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Cytisus scoparius (Common broom)

Native to Europe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Cytisus canariensis

Native to the Canary Islands.


Cytisus capitatus


Cytisus glaber

Native from central Europe to Siberia.


Cytisus hirsutus

Native from southern Europe to the Caucasus.


Cytisus multiflorus

Native to Spain and North Africa.


Cytisus nigricans

Native to Europe.


Cytisus proliferus

Native to the Canary Islands.


Cytisus supinus

Native to Europe.


Cytisus x praecox