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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Lavrania
Type species
Lavrania haagnerae

Lavrania is a genus of plant in family Apocynaceae, first described as a genus in 1986. It is native to southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa).[1]

  1. Lavrania cactiformis (Hook.) Bruyns
  2. Lavrania haagnerae Plowes - Namibia
  3. Lavrania marlothii (Marloth) Bruyns - Namibia, South Africa
  4. Lavrania perlata (Dinter) Bruyns - Great Namaqualand in Namibia
  5. Lavrania picta (N.E. Br.) Bruyns - Little Namaqualand in Northern Cape Province of South Africa

Phylogenetic studies have shown the genus to be monophyletic, and most closely related to the Hoodia genus of stapeliads. Marginally more distantly related is a sister branch of related genera including Larryleachia, Richtersveldia and Notechidnopsis.[3]


  1. ^ Gibbs Russell, G. E., W. G. M. Welman, E. Retief, K. L. Immelman, G. Germishuizen, B. J. Pienaar, M. Van Wyk & A. Nicholas. 1987. List of species of southern African plants. Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa 2(1–2): 1–152(pt. 1), 1–270(pt. 2).
  2. ^ The Plant List
  3. ^ P. Bruyns, C. Klak, P. Hanacek: Evolution of the stapeliads (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae) - repeated major radiation across Africa in an Old World group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 2014. v. 77, no. 1, p. 251--263. ISSN 1055-7903.