Cullen (plant)

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Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Psoraleeae
Genus: Cullen
Type species
Cullen corylifolium
(L.) Medik.
  • Bauerella Schindl. 1926
  • Baueropsis Hutch. 1964
  • Meladenia Turcz. 1848

Cullen is a genus of legumes (family Fabaceae) native to tropical, subtropical and arid regions of Africa, Asia and Australia.[1] Despite the origin implied in the name of the constituent species Cullen americanum, legumes of this genus are not native to the Americas.

Cullen was previously included in broad definitions of the allied genus Psoralea.


As of April 2023, Plants of the World Online accepted the following species:[2]

Cullen americana fruit


  1. ^ TOKSOY, SEZEN; ŞEKER, MERYEM; SAĞIROĞLU, MEHMET (2015-01-01). "Phylogenetic and cladistic analyses of the enigmatic genera Bituminaria and Cullen (Fabaceae) in Turkey". Turkish Journal of Botany. 39 (1): 60–69. doi:10.3906/bot-1312-4. ISSN 1300-008X.
  2. ^ "Cullen Medik". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2023-04-29.