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Published In: Journal de Botanique, Appliquée à l'Agriculture, à la Pharmacie, à la Médecine et aux Arts 1(3): 120–121, pl. 4, f. 8. 1813. (Mar 1813) (J. Bot. Agric.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
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General/Distribution: A genus with about 30 species, distributed in Africa, Asia, Australia, Polynesia and Tropical America, represented in Pakistan by 8 species.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Excluded Species

Alysicarpus meeboldii Schindl. in Fedde Rep. Nov. Sp. 21:13. 1925.

All attempts to obtain any authentic specimen belonging to this species have failed. Hence the correct identity of this taxon presently remains obscure.


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Herbs, erect or diffuse. Leaves uni, very rarely trifoliolate, leaflets 2-stipellate; stipules scarious, acuminate, free or connate. Inflorescence terminal and axillary a raceme or panicle, flowers often in pairs, bracts scarious and deciduous. Calyx deeply divided, 2 upper lobes often connate to the apex. Corolla generally not exserted; vexillum obovate or orbicular, narrowed into a claw, wings obliquely oblong, adhering to the keel. Keel slightly incurved, often appendaged. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Ovary sessile or stipitate, ovules many, style filiform, curved at the apex. Stigma terminal capitate. Fruit constricted between seeds.

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1 One seeded parts transversely rugose (2)
+ One seeded parts not transversely rugose (3)
2 (1) Inflorescence lax, leaflet elongated Alysicarpus rugosus
+ Inflorescence compact, leaflet small, elliptic-oblong Alysicarpus scariosus
3 (1) Pod tetragonal (4)
+ Pod not tetragonal (5)
4 (3) One seeded parts bead shaped Alysicarpus tetragonolobus
+ One seeded parts rectangular Alysicarpus heterophyllus
5 (3) Pod glossy, glabrous Alysicarpus bupleurifolius
+ Pod not glossy, nor glabrous (6)
6 (5) Pod not moniliform Alysicarpus ovalifolius
+ Pod moniliform (7)
7 (6) Veins not obscure on mature pod (1 seeded part not rounded); inflorescence with more than 10 flowers Alysicarpus longifolius
+ Veins obscure on mature pod (one seeded part rounded turgid); inflorescence with 10 or less flowers Alysicarpus monilifer
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