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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Crotalarieae[1][2]
Genus: Lebeckia

See text.

  • Eu-Lebeckia Benth.
  • Phyllodiastrum Benth.
  • Sarcophyllum E. Mey.
  • Spartium L.

Lebeckia is a genus of legume in the Fabaceae family native to the fynbos (Cape Floristic Kingdom) of South Africa. Several members of Lebeckia were recently transferred to other genera (Calobota and Wiborgiella).[1][3] Members of Lebeckia are known to produce pyrrolizidine alkaloids, including ammodendrine, lebeckianine, and lupanine.[4][5]


Lebeckia comprises the following species:[3][6][7][8][9][10]

Nombina Dubia[edit]

The validity of the following binomials has not been established:[11]

  • Lebeckia aphylla Thunb.
  • Lebeckia boureana Benth.
  • Lebeckia canescens E.Mey.
  • Lebeckia contaminata DC.
  • Lebeckia decipiens E.Mey.
  • Lebeckia decutiens E.Mey.
  • Lebeckia disticha Steud.
  • Lebeckia epiaria Thunb.
  • Lebeckia flexuosa E.Mey.
  • Lebeckia inflata Baker
  • Lebeckia linearis DC.
  • Lebeckia nuda Sims
  • Lebeckia pauciflora Benth. ex Sonder
  • Lebeckia pulchella Walp.
  • Lebeckia sarcophylloides E.Mey.
  • Lebeckia scorpius Thunb.
  • Lebeckia sepiaria Benth.
  • Lebeckia simsioides Steud.
  • Lebeckia subternata Link


  1. ^ a b Boatwright JS, le Roux MM, Wink M, Morozova T, Van Wyk BE (2008). "Phylogenetic relationships of tribe Crotalarieae (Fabaceae) inferred from DNA sequences and morphology". Syst Bot. 33 (4): 752–761. JSTOR 40211942. doi:10.1600/036364408786500271. 
  2. ^ Cardoso D, Pennington RT, de Queiroz LP, Boatwright JS, Van Wyk BE, Wojciechowski MF, Lavin M (2013). "Reconstructing the deep-branching relationships of the papilionoid legumes". S Afr J Bot. 89: 58–75. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2013.05.001. 
  3. ^ a b Boatwright JS, Tilney PM, Van Wyk BE (2009). "The generic concept of Lebeckia (Crotalarieae, Fabaceae): reinstatement of the genus Calobota and the new genus Wiborgiella". S Afr J Bot. 75 (3): 546–556. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2009.06.001. 
  4. ^ Van Wyk BE. (2003). "The value of chemosystematics in clarifying relationships in the Genistoid tribes of papilionoid legumes". Biochem Syst Ecol. 31 (8): 875–884. doi:10.1016/S0305-1978(03)00083-8. 
  5. ^ Van Wyk BE, Verdoorn GH (1990). "Alkaloids as taxonomic characters in the tribe Crotalarieae (Fabaceae)". Biochem Syst Ecol. 18 (7–8): 503–515. doi:10.1016/0305-1978(90)90122-V. 
  6. ^ le Roux MM, Van Wyk BE (2007). "A revision of Lebeckia sect. Lebeckia: The L. sepiaria group". S Afr J Bot. 73 (1): 118–130. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2006.09.005. 
  7. ^ le Roux MM, Van Wyk BE (2008). "A revision of Lebeckia sect. Lebeckia: The L. plukenetiana group (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)". S Afr J Bot. 74 (4): 660–676. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2008.04.005. 
  8. ^ le Roux MM, Van Wyk BE (2009). "A revision of Lebeckia sect. Lebeckia: The L. pauciflora and L. wrightii groups (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)". S Afr J Bot. 75 (1): 83–96. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2008.08.002. 
  9. ^ "ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Lebeckia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  10. ^ USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Lebeckia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Plant List entry for Lebeckia". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014.