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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Caesalpinioideae
Tribus: Mimoseae
Genus: Dichrostachys
Species: D. cinerea – D. spicata

Dichrostachys (DC.) Wight & Arn.

Dichrostachys is an Old World genus of legumes in the family Fabaceae. 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:

Dichrostachys akataensis Villiers
Dichrostachys arborescens (Benth.) Villiers
Dichrostachys bernieriana Baill.
Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.
Dichrostachys dehiscens Balf. f.
Dichrostachys dumetaria Villiers
Dichrostachys kirkii Benth.
Dichrostachys paucifoliolata (Scott-Elliot) Drake
Dichrostachys pervilleanus (Baill.) Drake
Dichrostachys richardiana Baill.
Dichrostachys santapaui Sebast. & Ramam.
Dichrostachys scottiana (Drake) Villiers
Dichrostachys spicata (F.Muell.) Domin
Dichrostachys tenuifolia Benth.
Dichrostachys unijuga Baker
Dichrostachys venosa Villiers


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.

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

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