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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: Brongniartieae
Genus: Behaimia
Species: B. cubensis

Behaimia Griseb. Cat. Pl. Cub. 77–78. (1866)

monotypic taxon

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Caribbean

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

Grisebach, A. 1866. Catalogus plantarum cubensium exhibens collectionem Wrightianam aliasque minores ex insula Cuba missas. IV + 301 pp. G. Engelmann, Lipsiae [Leipzig]. BHL Reference page. : BHL

Additional references

Lewis, G. 1988. Four little-known species of Leguminosae from Cuba. Willdenowia 18(1): 223–229.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Behaimia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Behaimia. Published online. Accessed: Mar 04 2021. 2021. Behaimia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 04 Mar 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Behaimia. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 04. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Behaimia is a genus of legume in the family Fabaceae. It is only found in Cuba.[1][2] It can be distinguished from related genera, Cyclolobium and Limadendron by:

pinnately multifoliolate (vs. unifoliolate) leaves, a sessile (vs. stipitate) ovary, and an indehiscent or late dehiscent one-seeded pod.[1]


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

Behaimia cubensis Griseb.—ciruelillo, guayacan blanco, guayacancillo

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status

The status of the following species is unresolved:[4]

Behaimia roigii Borhidi


de Queiroz LP, São Mateus W, Delgado-Salinas A, Torke BM, Lewis GP, Dorado Ó, Ardley JK, Wojciechowski MF, Cardoso D (2017). "A molecular phylogeny reveals the Cuban enigmatic genus Behaimia as a new piece in the Brongniartieae puzzle of papilionoid legumes" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 109: 191–202. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.01.001. PMID 28089794.
"ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Behaimia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Behaimia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
"The Plant List entry for Behaimia". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2017.

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