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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: Pearsonia
Species: P. aristata – P. bracteata – P. cajanifolia – P. callistoma – P. flava – P. grandifolia – P. hirsuta – P. madagascariensis – P. mesopontica – P. metallifera – P. obovata – P. sessilifolia – P. uniflora –
Source(s) of checklist:

Pearsonia Dummer, 1912

Edbakeria R.Vig.
Gamwellia Baker f.
Phaenohoffmannia Kuntze
Pleiospora Harv.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

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

Dümmer, R.A., 1912. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 50: 353


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Pearsonia 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 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Pearsonia. Published online. Accessed: Nov 04 2020.
Tropicos.org 2020. Pearsonia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Nov 04.
Catalogue of Life: 2020 Annual Checklist

Vernacular names

Pearsonia is a genus of 12 species of plants belonging to the family Fabaceae and occurring in Africa south of the equator with 1 species found on Madagascar. The species are usually herbs or shrublets with woody rootstocks. Leaves are usually sessile and 3-foliolate. The inflorescence is a congested or lax terminal raceme.[1] The name of this genus commemorates the South African botanist Henry Harold Welch Pearson.

Pearsonia comprises the following species:[2][3][4]

Pearsonia aristata (Schinz) Dummer
Pearsonia bracteata (Benth.) Polhill
Pearsonia cajanifolia (Harv.) Polhill
subsp. cajanifolia (Harv.) Polhill
subsp. cryptantha (Baker) Polhill
Pearsonia callistoma Campb.-Young & K.Balkwill
Pearsonia flava (Baker f.) Polhill
Pearsonia grandifolia (Bolus) Polhill
subsp. grandifolia (Bolus) Polhill
subsp. latibracteolata (Dummer) Polhill
Pearsonia hirsuta Germish.
Pearsonia madagascariensis (R. Vig.) Polhill
Pearsonia mesopontica Polhill
Pearsonia metallifera Wild
Pearsonia obovata (Schinz) Polhill
Pearsonia sessilifolia (Harv.) Dummer
subsp. filifolia (Bolus)Polhill
subsp. marginata (Schinz) Polhill
subsp. sessilifolia (Harv.) Dummer
Pearsonia uniflora (Kensit) Polhill


Phillips EP (1951). The Genera of South African Flowering Plants. Botanical Survey memoir. 25 (2nd ed.). Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Times Ltd., Govt. Printers. p. 923.
Campbell-Young GJ, Balkwill K (2000). "A new species of Pearsonia (Fabaceae) from dolomites in Northern Province, South Africa". Nord J Bot. 20 (5): 547–555. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.2000.tb01602.x.
"ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Pearsonia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Pearsonia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 11 March 2014.

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