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Genus: Gleditsia

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

Twelve species (North and South America, around Caspian Sea, India, Japan to Philippines) with one species,  Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey or Sweet Locust), naturalised in southern Africa and a further three species cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey or Sweet Locust)

Native to eastern USA. Naturalised in southern Africa and is a declared Category 2 invader plant in southern Africa. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Gleditsia australis

Native to China.


Gleditsia aponica

Native to Japan.


Gleditsia sinensis

Native to China.



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