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The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae & Swartzieae

L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz

Augouardia Pellegr.


Type species: A.letestui Pellegr.

Habit and leaf form. Trees; unarmed.

The leaves compound; pinnate; paripinnate. The leaflets few per leaf (4–5 pairs); opposite or sub-opposite; without noticeably twisted petiolules. Stipules absent or early caducous or very inconspicuous in mature leaves; membranous. Stipels absent.

Inflorescence and floral morphology. The inflorescences terminal; branched; dense, many flowered panicles. The flowers not distichous. Bracts absent at anthesis. Bracteoles present; keeled, small, not enclosing the flower buds; not valvate; free.

The flowers small; hermaphrodite; not pentamerous throughout; departing from pentamery in the calyx, in the corolla, and in the androecium. Hypanthium present, or absent, the androecium hypogynous (?- if present, small). The perianth exclusively sepaline. Calyx 4; polysepalous; more or less regular; members imbricate. Corolla absent. The androecium comprising mostly fewer than 10, usually 7 members; with united members; including staminodia (4). The staminodia 4; free, subulate. Fertile stamens 3–4. Anthers attached well above the base of the connective; dehiscing laterally; dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary sessile or subsessile. Ovules few.

Fruit, seed and seedling. Seeds with a straight or slightly oblique radicle.

Transverse section of lamina. Mesophyll secretory cavities absent.

Species number and distribution. 1 species (A. letestui). West equatorial Africa.

Tribe. Detarieae; Detarieae sensu stricto clade of Bruneau et al. (2008).

Miscellaneous. Illustrations: • A. letestui: Aubréville, Flore du Gabon (1968).

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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.’.