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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: Stauracanthus
Subgenera: S. subg. Nepa – S. subg. Stauracanthus
Species overview

S. boivinii – S. genistoides – S. spectabilis

Stauracanthus Link (1807)

Type species: S. aphyllus Link


Leonhardia Opiz
Nepa Webb

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Azores, S. Europe to E. Medit.
Albania, Azores, Baleares, Corse, East Aegean Is., France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Palestine, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia
Introduced into:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Baltic States, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Chile North, Chile South, Colombia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Japan, Jawa, Kenya, Krym, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Peru, Queensland, Romania, South Australia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tasmania, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Victoria, West Himalaya

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

Link, J.H.F. 1807. Neues Journal für die Botanik 2(2): 52.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Stauracanthus 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 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Stauracanthus. Published online. Accessed: Jan 31 2021. 2021. Stauracanthus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Jan 31.
Hassler, M. 2021. Stauracanthus. 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 31. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Stauracanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. It belongs to the subfamily Faboideae. It is sometimes treated as part of the genera Genista or Ulex.

Stauracanthus comprises the following species:[1][2][3]

Stauracanthus boivinii (Webb) Samp.
Stauracanthus genistoides (Brot.) Samp.
subsp. aphyllus (Link)Rothm.
subsp. genistoides (Brot.)Samp.
subsp. vicentinus (Cout.)Rothm.
Stauracanthus spectabilis Webb

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status

The status of the following species is unresolved:[3]

Stauracanthus aphyllus Link
Stauracanthus lusitanicus (L.) Cubas
Stauracanthus nepa Samp.
Stauracanthus spartioides Webb


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

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