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Genus: Millettia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 100 species, found in tropical and subtropical regions, with four species native to southern Africa and a further seven species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Millettia grandis (Umzimbeet)

Millettia mossambicensis

Recorded from Mozambique.

Millettia stuhlmannii

Millettia usaramensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Milletia dura

Native to tropical Africa.


Milletia ferruginea

Native to tropical Africa.


Milletia peguensis

Native to Burma.


Milletia pinnata (Pongam, Coqueluche)

Native from Malaysia to the Pacific.


Milletia psilopetala

Native to tropical Africa.


Milletia thonningii

Native to tropical Africa.


Milletia usaramensis

Native to tropical Africa.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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