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Dichrostachys cinerea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae[1]
(unranked): Mimosoid clade[1]
Genus: Dichrostachys
(DC.) Wight & Arn.

See text

  • 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.[2]

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.[2]


It contains the following species:


  1. ^ a b The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG). (2017). "A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny". Taxon. 66 (1): 44–77. doi:10.12705/661.3.
  2. ^ a b Cheek, Michael (September 2009). "Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn". PlantZAfrica. SANBI. Retrieved 16 November 2015.