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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: Faboideae
Tribus: Crotalarieae
Genus: Lebeckia
Species: L. ambigua – L. brevicarpa – L. brevipes – L. carnosa – L. contaminata – L. gracilis – L. grandiflora – L. leptophylla – L. longipes – L. macowanii – L. meyeriana – L. pauciflora – L. plukenetiana – L. sarcophylloides – L. sepiaria – L. sessilifolia – L. uniflora – L. wrightii – L. zeyheri
Source(s) of checklist:

Lebeckia Thunb., Nov. Gen. Pl. 10: 139 (1800) (emend. Boatwright et al. 2009)

Type species: Lebeckia sepiaria Thunb.


Acanthobotrya Eckl. & Zeyh., Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 192 (1836).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
Cape Provinces

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Thunberg, C.P. 1800. Nova Genera Plantarum 139.

Additional references

Boatwright, J.S., Tilney, P.M. & Van Wyk, B.E. 2009. The generic concept of Lebeckia (Crotalarieae, Fabaceae): reinstatement of the genus Calobota and the new genus Wiborgiella. South African Journal of Botany 75(3): 546–556. DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2009.06.001 Full text PDF Reference page.


African Plants Database (version 3.4.0). Lebeckia. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 9.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Lebeckia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Nov 03. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Lebeckia. Published online. Accessed: Nov 03 2020.
Tropicos.org 2020. Lebeckia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Nov 03.

Lebeckia is a genus of plants in the family Fabaceae native to the fynbos (Cape Floristic Kingdom) of South Africa. Several members of Lebeckia were recently transferred to other genera (Calobota and Wiborgiella).[1][2] Members of Lebeckia are known to produce pyrrolizidine alkaloids, including ammodendrine, lebeckianine, and lupanine.[3][4]

Lebeckia comprises the following species:[2][5][6][7][8][9]

Lebeckia ambigua E. Mey.
Lebeckia brevicarpa M.M.le Roux & B.-E.van Wyk
Lebeckia brevipes M.M.le Roux & B.-E.van Wyk
Lebeckia carnosa (E. Mey.) Druce
Lebeckia contaminata (L.) Thunb.
Lebeckia densa Thunb.
Lebeckia gracilis Eckl. & Zeyh.
Lebeckia grandiflora Benth.
Lebeckia leucoclada Schltr.
Lebeckia longipes Bolus
Lebeckia marginata E. Mey.
Lebeckia meyeriana Eckl. and Zeyh. ex Harv.
Lebeckia parvifolia (Schinz) Harms
Lebeckia pauciflora Eckl. & Zeyh.
Lebeckia plukenetiana E. Mey.
Lebeckia schlechteriana Schinz
Lebeckia sepiaria (L.) Thunb.
Lebeckia subnuda DC.
Lebeckia subsecunda Gand.
Lebeckia uniflora B.-E.van Wyk & M.M.le Roux
Lebeckia wrightii (Harv.) Bolus
Lebeckia zeyheri M.M.le Roux & B.-E.van Wyk

Nombina dubia

The validity of the following binomials has not been established:[10]

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


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. doi:10.1600/036364408786500271. JSTOR 40211942.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Lebeckia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
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.
"The Plant List entry for Lebeckia". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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