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Published In: Nova Genera et Species Plantarum seu Prodromus 7, 108. 1788. (Prodr.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Stylosanthes Sw. (Mohlenbrock, 1957, 1963)

Twenty-five to 50 species, nearly worldwide, most diverse in warm regions.

Generic limits of Stylosanthes remain poorly understood and there has been controversy as to its relationships within the family. There are only five species in the United States, which are relatively easily distinguished, but share several unusual characters, including stipules fused to the petioles and into a tube around the stem, short, dense inflorescences with bristly pubescence, yellow corollas, and dimorphic stamens. In tropical regions, some species are planted for fodder and soil stabilization.

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