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Brenierea insignis (andrabe)

This bizarre Madagascan species Brenierea 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.


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.


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).


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