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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Dialium

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 35 species, mainly native to tropical Africa, but also Madagascar and across to the Malay Peninsula. Two species are native to southern Africa and one species is 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.

Dialium englerianum


Dialium schlechteri


Species cultivated in southern Africa

Dialium orientale

Cultivated in the Lowveld Botanical Garden, Mpumalanga.  Native to southern Somalia, Kenya and northern Tanzania, mainly near the coast.