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Genus: Rhynchosia

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 200 species, found throughout the tropics and subtropics, with 79 species native to southern Africa and a further species that 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.

Rhynchosia adenodes


Rhynchosia albissima


Rhynchosia angulosa


Rhynchosia angustifolia


Rhynchosia argentea


Rhynchosia arida


Rhynchosia atropurpurea


Rhynchosia buchananii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia bullata


Rhynchosia calvescens


Rhynchosia candida


Rhynchosia capensis


Rhynchosia caribaea

Rhynchosia castroi

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia chimanimaniensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia chrysoscias


Rhynchosia ciliata


Rhynchosia clivorum

Rhynchosia confusa


Rhynchosia cooperi


Rhynchosia crassifolia


Rhynchosia densiflora


Rhynchosia dieterlenae


Rhynchosia divaricata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia emarginata


Rhynchosia ferulifolia


Rhynchosia fleckii


Rhynchosia galpinii


Rhynchosia genistoides

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia goetzei

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia harmsiana


Rhynchosia harveyi


Rhynchosia hirsuta


Rhynchosia hirta


Rhynchosia holosericea


Rhynchosia holstii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia insignis

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Rhynchosia komatiensis


Rhynchosia leucoscias


Rhynchosia luteola

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia micrantha

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia microscias


Rhynchosia minima


Rhynchosia malacophylla

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia minima

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Rhynchosia monophylla

Rhynchosia namaensis


Rhynchosia nervosa


Rhynchosia nitens


Rhynchosia nyasica

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia ovata


Rhynchosia pauciflora


Rhynchosia peglerae


Rhynchosia pentheri


Rhynchosia pinnata


Rhynchosia procurrens

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia pseudoteramnoides

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia pseudoviscosa

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia reptabunda


Rhynchosia resinosa

Rhynchosia rogersii


Rhynchosia schlechteri


Rhynchosia sordida


Rhynchosia spectabilis


Rhynchosia stenodon


Rhynchosia stipitata


Rhynchosia sublobata

Rhynchosia swynnertonii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia thorncroftii


Rhynchosia totta


Rhynchosia tricuspidata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Rhynchosia velutina

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia vendae


Rhynchosia venulosa


Rhynchosia villosa


Rhynchosia viscidula


Rhynchosia viscosa

Recorded from Mozambique.


Rhynchosia wildii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Rhynchosia woodii


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Informatin from Glen (2002).

Rhynchosia phaseoloides (Bejuco caraota)

Native to the Caribean and South America.



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