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The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae & Swartzieae

L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz

Aprevalia Baill.

~ Delonix.

Type species: A. floribunda Baill.

Habit and leaf form. Deciduous, umbrella-shaped trees (with twisted branches); unarmed.

Phyllotaxy spiral. The leaves compound; bipinnate (with 1–3(-6) pairs of pinnae); with opposite or sub-opposite pinnae; with opposite or sub-opposite leaflets; with adaxially grooved rachides. The leaflets many per leaf ((8-)12–20 of them per pinna); very shortly petiolulate, or sessile to sub-sessile; without noticeably twisted petiolules; symmetrical or nearly so; with a predominant ‘midrib’; without a continuous marginal nerve. Stipels absent.

Inflorescence and floral morphology. The inflorescences sometimes subtended by developing leaves, usually on leafless shoots or below young leaves; branched (shortly racemose-paniculate, precocious, the racemes combining into dense, flat-topped, leafless corymbs). The flowers not distichous. Bracts absent at anthesis. Bracteoles absent at anthesis.

The flowers hermaphrodite; very irregular (at least with reference to the reduced corolla, this being the principal or only conspicuous difference from Delonix sensu stricto); not pentamerous throughout; departing from pentamery in the corolla and in the androecium; coloured. Hypanthium present; short. The perianth comprising distinct calyx and corolla (but the corolla reduced). Calyx present; 5; covering the rest of the flower in bud; polysepalous; more or less regular; members not imbricate (valvate). Corolla present; very irregular; 1–5 (only the adaxial being one well developed, and this small); usually including greatly reduced members. Well developed petals 1 (this small and narrow). Vestigial petals when present, 1–4 (lateral and abaxial). Corolla polypetalous, or monopetalous. Petals clawed (i.e., the well developed member); yellow. Disk absent. The androecium comprising 10 members; not declinate; members all free of one another; members biseriate, but all more or less equal in length; comprising only fertile stamens. Fertile stamens 10. Anthers attached well above the base of the connective; dehiscing introrsely; dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary tomentose, sessile or subsessile; free. Stigma not dilated. Ovules numerous.

Fruit, seed and seedling. Fruit a two-valved pod; straight (linear-oblong); internally septate (?); without markedly twisting or enrolling valves; becoming woody. The mature valves without prominent venation.

Species number and distribution. 1–2 species (A. floribunda and A. perrieri). Madagascar.

Tribe. Caesalpinieae.


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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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