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Published In: Kew Bulletin 24(2): 322. 1970. (Kew Bull.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of about 24 species, mainly African and Asian in distribution, some species pantropical; locally represented by a single species.


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Annual or perennial herbs, climbing, prostrate or rarely erect. Leaves pinnately trifoliolate or unifoliolate; stipules and stipels present. Flowers axillary, fasciculate or sometimes in false racemes. Calyx 4-5-lobed, upper lobes joined to form an entire or bifid lip. Vexillum usually auriculate and provided with 2 appendages; wings narrow; keel not twisted. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Ovary 3-13-ovuled, style filiform, glabrous or shortly pubescent, but not barbate. Stigma terminal, capitate, usually with a ring of hairs surrounding it. Pod compressed, straight or curved, not septate. Seed compressed, hilum central, aril sometimes slightly developed or absent.
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