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Genus: Schotia (boer-beans)

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

Four species, endemic to southern Africa. Seeds are edible. Seeds of Schotia afra can evidently be eaten raw when green. Mature seeds need to be first cooked or roasted.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Schotia afra (Karoo boer-bean)

Karoo boerboon [Afrikaans]


Schotia brachypetala (Weeping boer-bean)

Huilboerboon [Afrikaans]

Schotia capitata (Dwarf boer-bean)

Schotia latifolia (Bush boer-bean)

Bosboerboon [Afrikaans]`



  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.