Dichrostachys

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Dichrostachys
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Dichrostachys cinerea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Tribe: Mimoseae
Genus: Dichrostachys
(DC.) Wight & Arn.
Species

See text

Synonyms
  • Cailliea Guill. & Perr.
Dichrostachys cinerea in flower

Dichrostachys is an Old World genus of legumes in the Fabaceae family. Their Acacia-like leaves are bi-pinnately compound. Unlike Acacia their thorns are hardened branchlets rather than modified stipules. They are native from Africa to Australasia, but a centre of diversity is present in Madagascar.[1]

Their name is derived from the Greek words dis (two), chroos (colour) and stachys (grain ear or spike), which in combination suggests their bi-colored inflorescences.[1]

Species[edit]

It contains the following species:


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cheek, Michael (September 2009). "Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.". PlantZAfrica. SANBI. Retrieved 16 November 2015.