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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 723. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus with 26 species, distributed in southern Europe, N.Africa and West and Central Asia.


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Shrubs or small trees, armed or unarmed, young branches glabrous or pubescent. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; leaflets entire, opposite, ovate, elliptic, obovate to roundish. Inflorescence a raceme. Bract small. Calyx with 5 subequal teeth, 2 upper slightly shorter. Corolla mostly yellow. Vexillum roundish, with 2 small swellings above the claw. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, vexillary stamen free. Ovary stipitate, many ovuled; style incurved, bearded inside in the upper portion; stigma large, below the apex. Fruit inflated, stipitate, with papery walls; seeds numerous.

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1 Fruit more than 3 cm long; vexillum more than 1.0 cm long (2)
+ Fruit less than 3 cm long; vexillum less than 1.0 cm long Colutea armata
2 (1) Keel with a short beak; fruit gradually narrowing into a distinct acute tip (3)
+ Keel with a long bead (c. 2-3 mm long), bent upward; fruit with a short acute tip Colutea nepalensis
3 (2) Rachis with a few white hairs, leaflets glabrous to subglabrous above, pubescent below; fruit c. 3.5 cm broad. ssp
+ Rachis and leaflets more densely pubescent; fruit 2.0-2.5 cm broad
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