Family: Fabaceae (Caesalpinoideae)
Brachystegia is one of the characteristic genera of Miombo woodland; the very name 'Miombo' comes from the local name for one of the species of this genus: Brachystegia spiciformisB. spiciformis. There are many species which are difficult to separate. There is thought to be some hybridization between species and many show considerable variation in leaflet size, shape and number. Even experts find it difficult to identify them all.