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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 716. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with about 80 species, distributed in Europe, Mediterranean regions, W. Asia and Ethiopia, locally represented by 2 species.


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Annual or perennial herbs or undershrubs, usually pubescent, hairs eglandular or glandular. Leaf 1-3-foliolate, rarely imparipinnately compound, more than 2 lateral pairs of leaflets; leaflets generally toothed; stipules mostly adnate to the petiole. Flowers axillary, 1-3, sessile or long-peduncled, or forming terminal racemes or spikes. Bracts and bracteoles minute or O. Calyx with 5 subequal teeth. Vexillum with a short claw. Keel beaked. Stamens monadelphous, alternate filaments dilated at the apex, anthers dimorphous. Ovary shortly stipitate, 2 or more ovuled, style glabrous, stigma terminal or subterminal. Fruit linear to oblong, inflated or torulose, seeds few to numerous, reniform.

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1 Lateral branches ending in spines Ononis antiquorum
+ Lateral branches not ending in spines Ononis arvensis
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