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The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae & Swartzieae

L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz

Annea Mackinder & Wieringa

Cynometra p.p. (C. afzelii Oliv. and C. laxiflora Benth.)

Type species: A. laxiflora (Benth.) Mackinder & Wieringa.

Habit and leaf form. Trees (to 25 m), or shrubs (without imbricate bud scales); unarmed.

Phyllotaxy distichous, or spiral (?). The leaves compound; pinnate, or bifoliolate; paripinnate (the rachis sometimes winged). The leaflets few per leaf (1- or 2-jugate); opposite or sub-opposite; petiolulate, or sessile to sub-sessile; without noticeably twisted petiolules; symmetrical or nearly so; of pinnate leaves, with a predominant ‘midrib’ (the venation pinnate); without a continuous marginal nerve. Stipules absent or early caducous or very inconspicuous in mature leaves; connate (‘fused’, the bases not auriculate). Stipels absent.

Inflorescence and floral morphology. The inflorescences lax, axillary and terminal; unbranched; simple racemes. The flowers not distichous. Bracts absent at anthesis, or absent at anthesis to persistent beyond anthesis. Bracteoles present; petaloid, relatively large and enclosing the flower buds (inserted at the base of the calyx tube); persistent beyond anthesis; not valvate; free.

The flowers small; hermaphrodite; not pentamerous throughout; departing from pentamery in the calyx; coloured. Floral tube length relative to total hypanthium + calyx length about 0.25. Hypanthium present; saucer-shaped to cupular (or funnel-shaped). The perianth comprising distinct calyx and corolla. Calyx 4; covering the rest of the flower in bud; not Swartzieae type; slightly longer than the hypanthium, polysepalous; more or less regular; members imbricate. Corolla present; very irregular; 5 (comprising three large petals and two small ones); including greatly reduced members (the adaxial and lateral petals similar in size and much larger than the reduced adaxial pair); polypetalous. Petals (the large ones) clawed; imbricate; imbricate-ascending; pale to lemon yellow (initially), or red (later). Disk absent. The androecium comprising 10 members; members all free of one another; members all more or less equal in length; comprising only fertile stamens. Fertile stamens 10. Anthers attached well above the base of the connective; dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary stipitate; eccentric, with the stipe adnate. Stigma small, but dilated. Ovules few (2).

Fruit, seed and seedling. Fruit a two-valved pod (compressed, glabrous, obliquely triangular, explosively dehiscent, with 1–2 seeds); not internally septate; valves twisting and enrolling during dehiscence; not becoming woody. The mature valves with conspicuous, prominent, raised venation; conspicuous venation reticulate, not predominantly longitudinal. Seeds non-endospermic; with a straight or slightly oblique radicle; amyloid-positive. Cotyledons not flat; of Type 4; with a vascular system ramified throughout; epigeal.

Wood anatomy. Wood with septate fibres, or without septate fibres; storied, or not storied; without normal intercellular canals; without traumatic canals. Intervascular pits very small.

Pollen ultrastructure. Tectum reticulate, or striate; rugulose reticulate; interwoven striate. Length of colpi greater than one half pole to pole distance.

Species number and distribution. 2 species (A. afzelii, A. laxiflora). Tropical Africa.

Tribe. Detarieae.

Miscellaneous. Illustrations: • A. afzelii: Mackinder & Wieringa (2013).


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1993 onwards. The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English and French. Version: 22nd March 2017. delta-intkey.com/caes’.

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