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Sutherlandia frutescens
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Clade: Inverted repeat-lacking clade
Tribe: Galegeae
Subtribe: Astragalinae
Genus: Sutherlandia

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Sutherlandia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae containing six known living species. The genus was once organized as having a single species, S. frutescens, but later expanded to include more based on morphological characteristics. However, later analysis found more genetic variation between populations than between taxa.[1]

The genus Sutherlandia is sometimes included in the genus Lessertia and it is morphologically and chemically similar to Lessertia, Astragalus, and other genera of the tribe Galegeae.[2]



  1. ^ Moshe; Bank; Bank; Wyk (1 September 1998). "Lack of genetic differentiation between 19 populations from seven taxa of Sutherlandia Tribe: Galegeae, Fabaceae". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 26 (6): 595–609. doi:10.1016/S0305-1978(98)00002-7.
  2. ^ Wyk; Albrecht (9 Aug 2008). "A review of the taxonomy, ethnobotany, chemistry and pharmacology of Sutherlandia frutescens (Fabaceae)". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 119 (3): 620–629. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2008.08.003. PMID 18761068. Retrieved 13 Mar 2020.