Skip to main content
You are here
Facebook icon
Pinterest icon
Twitter icon

Brenierea insignis (andrabe)

The bizarre Madagascan speciesBrenierea insignis has unusual flattened stems and is only really recognisable as a species of legume when in fruit.
Brenierea insignis

Brenierea insignis from Madagascar (Photo: David Du Puy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Brenierea insignis Humbert

Common name: 

andrabe, andraba, raabe, tsirihony, tsiriona, tsirionana, tsiriony (Malagasy)

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Xerophytic scrubland, on metamorphic and non-calcareous rocks with thin soil or sand; often with Didiereaceae species.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Brenierea

About this species

Brenierea insignis is the only species in the genus Brenierea. This Madagascan shrub or small tree is a member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae) and is related to certain members of the showy genus Bauhinia.

Brenierea insignis is unusual amongst legumes in having flattened stems, and also in that it normally flowers during the very dry winter period (September to October).

Genus: 
Brenierea

main info

Courses at Kew

Students learn about plant taxonomy and identification

Kew offers a variety of specialist training courses in horticulture, conservation and plant science.

Adopt a seed

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.