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Lessertia frutescens

Lessertia frutescens

kankerbossie, hoenderkloek, gansie

Single-stemmed shrublet up to 1.5 m. Leaves pinnately compound with single terminal leaflet. Leaflets narrowly elliptical and hairless or thinly hairy; pale green. Flowers (July to December) bright red. Pods are hairless and inflated.

Synonymous with Sutherlandia frutescens.

Distribution in the Hex

Gravel slopes and flats in De Doorns Renosterveld Karoo.


  • Manning, J. & Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: the Core Cape flora, Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.