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The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae

L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Implicit attributes

Unless indicated otherwise, the following attributes are implicit throughout the descriptions, except where the characters concerned are inapplicable.

Habit and leaf form. Without tendrils; without leaves reduced to phyllodes, the leaflets normally well developed and persistent.

Inflorescence and floral morphology. The flowers aggregated into inflorescences.

The flowers hermaphrodite; not ‘papilionaceous’. The perianth comprising distinct calyx and corolla. Calyx present; not Swartzieae type. Corolla present. The androecium without the three long-filamented, short-anthered abaxial stamens characteristic of Cassia.

Fruit, seed and seedling. Fruit not drupaceous; not noticeably winged.

Comments. Not widely cultivated.


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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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