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Published In: Species Plantarum. Editio quarta 3(2): 854, 1053–1068. 1802. (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 about 10 species distributed in the tropics and subtropics of the old world.


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Perennial climbing or erect annual herb. Leaf trifoliolate; stipules and stipels present. Inflorescence racemose or paniculate, sometimes flowers fascicled or solitary. Calyx 2-lipped, the upper lip composed of 2 almost united sepals, the lower lip of 3 sepals. Vexillum slightly auriculate at the base, glabrous. Stamens monadelphous, sometimes the vexillary stamen becoming free with age, anthers uniform. Ovary many ovuled, style glabrous, stigma terminal. Fruit linear or oblong, straight or falcate, more or less septate between seeds. Seed with short lateral hilum, with a small scale-like aril.
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