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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 745. 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 about 100 species, distributed in Europe, N.Africa, Asia and N.America.


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Annual or perennial herbs. Leaf imparipinnate, leaflets entire; stipels absent; stipules free or connate. Inflorescence a peduncled raceme or head. Bracts small, bracteoles below the calyx present. Calyx teeth subequal. Corolla pink, purplish, yellow or whitish. Vexillum longer than the wings; keel longer or rarely shorter than the wings, obtuse. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Ovary 2-8-ovuled. Fruit a lomentum, segments glabrous, pubescent, bristly or spiny.

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1 Internodes longer than the stipules (2)
+ Internodes shorter than the stipules (7)
2 (1) Calyx cup longer than the teeth (4)
+ Calyx cup shorter than the teeth (3)
3 (2) -Leaflets not linear (linear-oblong in H. Cachemirianum and H. astragaloides) (5)
+ Leaflets linear Hedysarum wrightianum
4 (2) Leaf up to 12.5 cm long, leaflet c. 7 mm broad, 1-seeded part of fruit 4-6 mm long Hedysarum alpinum
+ Leaf 15-20 cm, leaflet more than 7 mm broad, 1-seeded part of fruit, c. 1 cm or more long Hedysarum microcalyx
5 (3) Keel petal angular (6)
+ Keel petal not angular Hedysarum cachemirianum
6 (5) Keel longer than the vexillum Hedysarum astragaloides
+ Keel equal to the vexillum Hedysarum falconeri
7 (1) Ovary glabrous (except for a few hairs at the margin)
+ Ovary densely pilose Hedysarum minjanense

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