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Genus: Robinia

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 20 species (or only 4 according to some authorities), native to America and Europe. Robinia pseudoacacia (Black locust, Witakasia) has become naturalised in southern Africa and is a declared Category 2 invasive plant in South Africa. In addition, Robinia hispida (Rose acacia, Kelsey locust) is cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

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

Robinia pseudoacacia (Black locust, Witakasia)

Native to the eastern USA. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Robinia hispida (Rose acacia, Kelsey locust)

Native to the eastern USA.




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


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