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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Hippocrepis

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 > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 21 species (Europe, western Asia, Mediterranean); three species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hippocrepis comosa (Horseshoe vetch)

Native to the Mediterranean.


Hippocrepis emerus (Scorpion senna)

Native to Europe.


Hippocrepis unisiliquosa

Native from Greece to Iran.



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