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Gagnebina commersoniana

A small shrub from Madagascar, Gagnebina commersoniana was named in honour of the 18th century French naturalist J.-P. Commerson.
Gagnebina commersoniana flowers

Gagnebina commersoniana in flower (Photo: David Du Puy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Gagnebina commersoniana (Baill.) R.Vig.

Common name: 

alimboro, alomborana, famoalambo, fandriosy, fandrohody, hafodramena, hazondalitra, komy, pitepiteka, pitepiteky, roy, tefamila (Malagasy)

Conservation status: 

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


Thickets, secondary vegetation, shrubby savannah and dry woodlands.

Key Uses: 

Paper production.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Mimosoideae
Genus: Gagnebina

About this species

A member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae/Fabaceae), Gagnebina commersoniana is native to Madagascar. It was named in honour of the French naturalist Joseph-Philibert Commerson who was in Madagascar in 1771. He once wrote: ‘Madagascar is truly the naturalist’s promised land. Here nature seems to have withdrawn into a private sanctuary in order to work on designs which are different from those she has created elsewhere’.

The generic name Gagnebina honours Swiss physician and botanist Abraham Gagnebin de la Ferrière (1707–1800). The genus Gagnebina only occurs in the Indian Ocean region (from Aldabra to Reunion).


Desmanthus commersonianus Baill., Dichrostachys commersonianus (Baill.) Drake, Piptadenia leptoclada Baker.


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