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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Acanthaceae
Subfamilia: Acanthoideae
Tribus: Barlerieae
Genus: Crabbea
Species: C. acaulis – C. albolutea – C. angustifolia – C. cirsioides – C. coerulea – C. galpinii – C. hirsuta – C. kaessneri – C. longipes – C. migiurtina – C. nana – C. ovalifolia – C. pedunculata – C. pinnatifida – C. pungens – C. reticulata – C. robusta – C. thymifolia – C. undulatifolia – C. velutina – C. zambiana

Crabbea Harv.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Crabbea. .

Crabbea is a genus of flowering plants native to eastern and southern Africa.[1] They are generally low-growing perennial herbs. The five-petaled flowers are surrounded by prickly bracts.[2]

The small leaves of some species of Crabbea are used as part of a Xhosa food called imifino (boiled leaf vegetables), or as a condiment or relish to accompany grains. A Xhosa common name for these plants is krakrisa.[3]

As of 2020, there are 13 accepted species in the genus:[1]

Crabbea acaulis N.E.Br.
Crabbea albolutea Thulin
Crabbea cirsioides (Nees) Nees
Crabbea coerulea Vollesen
Crabbea glandulosa Vollesen
Crabbea kaessneri S.Moore
Crabbea longipes Mildbr.
Crabbea migiurtina (Chiov.) Thulin
Crabbea nana (Nees) Nees
Crabbea pinnatifida Thulin
Crabbea thymifolia (Chiov.) Thulin
Crabbea velutina S.Moore
Crabbea zambiana Vollesen


"Crabbea Harv". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
"Crabbea". Flora of Zimbabwe.
R.B.Bhat, T.Rubuluza, A.K.Jäger (2002). "The Bio-diversity of traditional vegetables of the Transkei region in the Eastern Cape of South Africa". South African Journal of Botany. 68: 94–99. doi:10.1016/S0254-6299(16)30463-X.

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