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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: Podalyrieae
Genus: Calpurnia
Species: C. aurea – C. glabrata – C. intrusa – C. reflexa – C. sericea – C. woodii
Source(s) of checklist:

Calpurnia E.Mey., 1836
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Central African Republic to Eritrea and S. Africa, S. India
Angola, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
Introduced into:
Galápagos, Jawa, Sri Lanka, Yemen

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

Meyer, E.H.F. & Drège, J.F. 1836-1838. Commentariorum de Plantis Africae Australioris quas per Octo Anno Collegit Observationibusque Manuscriptis Illustravit Joannes Franciscus Drège. I-LVI + 1-326 pp. Lipsiae [Leipzig] BHL Reference page. : 2

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 1999. World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b). 1532 pp.. MIM, Deurne. ISBN 90-5720-098-8 (issue 1), ISBN 90-5720-099-6 (issue 2b). Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Calpurnia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Calpurnia. Published online. Accessed: May 26 2021. 2021. Calpurnia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 26.
Hassler, M. 2021. Calpurnia. 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 on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 26. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. World Plants. Synonymic Checklist and Distribution of the World Flora. . Calpurnia. Accessed: 26 May 2021.

Vernacular names

Calpurnia is a genus of flowering plants within the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises shrubs or small trees in or along the margin of forests in the eastern parts of South Africa. They shed leaves in winter unless in moist areas, where they are evergreen. They make good garden plants because they are easily raised from seed, flower at two years and withstand frost.

The species Calpurnia aurea is also known as Wild Laburnum or Wildegeelkeur (in Afrikaans). The bright yellow flowers have the typical form of the Fabaceae (pea family). They are borne in racemes and flowering can take place over several months. The flowers are visited by carpenter bees, after which the pollinated flowers turn into thin, straw-colored pods.

Calpurnia comprises the following species:[3][4]

Calpurnia aurea (Aiton) Benth.
subsp. aurea (Aiton) Benth.
subsp. indica Brummitt
Calpurnia capensis (Burm. f.) Druce
Calpurnia glabrata Brummitt
Calpurnia robinioides (DC.) E. Mey.
Calpurnia sericea Harv.
Calpurnia villosa Harv.
Calpurnia woodii Schinz


Boatwright JS; Savolainen V; Van Wyk B-E; Schutte-Vlok AL; Forest F; Van der Bank M (2008). "Systematic position of the anomalous genus Cadia and the phylogeny of the tribe Podalyrieae (Fabaceae)". Syst Bot. 33 (1): 133–147. doi:10.1600/036364408783887500.
Cardoso D, Pennington RT, de Queiroz LP, Boatwright JS, Van Wyk BE, Wojciechowski MF, Lavin M (2013). "Reconstructing the deep-branching relationships of the papilionoid legumes". S Afr J Bot. 89: 58–75. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2013.05.001.
"ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Calpurnia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Calpurnia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2014.

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