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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Stylosanthes

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: Papilionoideae

About 25 species, native to tropical and subtropical regions, with one species, Stylosanthes fruticosa, occurring in southern Africa, and a further three species from Central and South America that are 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.

Stylosanthes fruticosa

[= Stylosanthes mucronata]

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Stylosanthes guyanensis

Native from Mexico to Argentina.


Stylosanthes humilis

Native from Mexico to Brazil.


Stylosanthes montevidensis

Native El Salvador to Argentina.



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