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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: Genisteae
Genus: Dichilus
Subgenera: D. (Dichilus) – D. (Dichillomessor)

Species: D. gracilis – D. lebeckioides – D. pilosus – D. reflexus – D. strictus
Source(s) of checklist:

Dichilus DC., 1827

Melinospermum Walp.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

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

De Candolle, A.P. 1825-1827. Mémoires sur la famille des Légumineuses. 525 pp. 70 pl. Paris BHL Reference page. : 201


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Dichilus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Jan 18. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Dichilus. Published online. Accessed: Jan 18 2021. 2021. Dichilus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Jan 18.
Hassler, M. 2021. Dichilus. 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 Jan 18. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Dichilus is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. It belongs to the subfamily Faboideae.

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

Dichilus gracilis Eckl. & Zeyh.
Dichilus lebeckioides DC.
Dichilus pilosus Schinz
Dichilus reflexus (N.E. Br.) A.L. Schutte
Dichilus strictus E. Mey.

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status

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

Dichilus candicans E.Mey.
Dichilus ciliatus A.Spreng.
Dichilus dallonianus Maire
Dichilus floribundus Sond.
Dichilus hypotrichum Spreng.
Dichilus microphyllus E.Mey.
Dichilus patens E.Mey.
Dichilus pusillus (E.Mey.) Benth.
Dichilus sericeus A.Spreng.
Dichilus spicatus E.Mey.


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 Dichilus". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Dichilus". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
"The Plant List entry for Dichilus". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.

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