These are trees and shrubs with alternately arranged leaves. They are dioecious, with male and female flowers occurring on separate individuals. The flower heads are somewhat disc-shaped. Heads with female flowers are larger and produce larger pappi.
B. huillensis is the only widespread species, growing as a dominant tree in Brachylaena woodlands and a common species in some eastern African forests. It provides critical habitat for many animal species. It is also sought after for its wood and has been overexploited.
- Brachylaena discolor
- Brachylaena elliptica (Thunb.) DC.
- Brachylaena glabra (L.f.) Druce
- Brachylaena huillensis O.Hoffm. – lowveld silver-oak, muhuhu
- Brachylaena ilicifolia (Lam.) Phill. & Schweick.
- Brachylaena merana
- Brachylaena microphylla
- Brachylaena neriifolia (L.) R.Br.
- Brachylaena perrieri (Drake) Humbert
- Brachylaena ramiflora
- Brachylaena rotundata
- Brachylaena stellulifera
- Brachylaena transvaalensis Hutch. ex E.Phillips & Schweick.
- Brachylaena uniflora
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