Lessertia frutescens

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Lessertia frutescens
Lessertia frutescens


Taxonavigation: Fabales 
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: Galegeae
Genus: Lessertia
Species: Lessertia frutescens
Subspecies: L. f. subsp. frutescens – L. f. subsp. microphylla – L. f. subsp. speciosa



Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning (2000)


  • Colutea frutescens L.
  • Colutea grandiflora Salisb.
  • Colutia frutescens (L.) Medik.
  • Sutherlandia floribunda Carrière
  • Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) W.T.Aiton
  • Sutherlandia incana E.Mey.



Lessertia frutescens is not accepted by Hassler.


Native distribution areas:
  • Africa
    • Southern Africa
      • Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Namibia, Northern Provinces
  • Introduced into:
    • Kenya, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

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



Primary references


Vernacular names

Afrikaans: Kankerbossie
Deutsch: Ballonerbse
English: Cancer bush
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