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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 773. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with 60-100 species, most numerous around the Mediterranean, represented in Pakistan by 4 species.


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Annual or perennial, herbs or semishrubs. Leaf pinnately compound; leaflets 5, 3 at the apex and 2 at the base resembling stipules, or the basal leaflets absent, entire. Stipules absent or represented by glands or minute, deciduous. Inflorescence an axillary pedunculate or almost sessile umbel, subtended by 1-3 leafy bracts or flower solitary axillary. Calyx tubular, bilabiate. Corolla yellow, pinkish, red, purple or white, free from stamens, keel pointed or beaked. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, alternate filaments dilated at the apex. Fruit dehiscent, generally many seeded.

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1 Fruit on pedunculate infructescence, peduncle more than 5 mm long (3)
+ Fruits sessile in the leaf axils or peduncle less than 5 mm long (2)
2 (1) Calyx 3-4 mm long, leaflets glabrous above, sparingly pilose on the midrib and margin below; leaflets not arising form the same point, upper leaflets born on an obvious rachis Lotus schimperi
+ Calyx 5-7 mm long, leaflets pilose on both sides or glabrous obove, pilose below; hairs long, spreading, leaflets 3-5 per leaf, apparently arising form the same point (rachis absent)
3 (1) Basal leaflets resembling stipules absent, peduncle 2.5 cm or less long Lotus makranicus
+ Basal leaflets resembling stipules present; peduncle longer than 2.5 cm (4)
4 (3) Plants glabrous or slightly hairy above; leaflets narrowly obovate or oblong-obovate to linear-lanceolate, at least the upper ± acuminate, flowers up to 12 mm long Lotus corniculatus var. tenuifolius
+ Plants glabrous to moderately hairy; leaflets ± broadly obovate, obtuse or acute; flowers up to 10(-18) mm long Lotus corniculatus L. var. corniculatus
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