Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae - Legume family

Leguminosae subfam. Papilionoideae

Papilionaceae

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

Schrire, B.D. (2012) Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) 1-245

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, climbers or, most often, herbs. Leaves alternate, most often pinnate or pinnately 3-foliolate, less often digitately 3-foliolate, occasionally 1-foliolate, simple or digitate; pulvinus always present at the base of each leaflet, and usually present at base of petiole. Inflorescences of racemes or panicles, less often umbellate, capitate or spicate. Flowers zygomorphic, papilionaceous, with a large, often erect, adaxial petal (standard), two lateral petals (wings) parallel with each other, and two lower petals, which are often connate by their lower margins to form a keel. Sepals united at base. Petals imbricate in bud. Stamens usually 10, rarely fewer, either all fused (monadelphous) or 1 free and 9 fused (diadelphous) or rarely all free. Pods various. Seeds without areoles.

Worldwide: 313 genera and 8,100 species, cosmopolitan.

Malawi: 74 genera and 470 taxa.

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GenusContent
Abrus Adans.Description, Image
Adenocarpus DC.Description
Adenodolichos HarmsDescription
Aeschynomene L.Description
Alysicarpus Desv.Description, Image
Amphicarpaea Elliot ex Nutt.Description
Antopetitia A. Rich.Description
Argyrolobium Eckl. & Zeyh.Description
Astragalus L.Description
Bobgunnia J.H. Kirkbr. & WiersemaDescription
Bolusanthus HarmsDescription
Bolusia Benth.Description
Calopogonium Desv.Description, Image
Canavalia DC.Description
Clitoria L.Description
Cordyla Lour.Description
Craibia Harms & DunnDescription
Crotalaria L.Description
Cyclocarpa Afzel. ex BakerDescription
Dalbergia L.f.Description
Dalbergiella Baker f.Description
Decorsea R. Vig.Description, Image
Desmodium Desv.Description
Dolichos L.Description
Droogmansia De Wild.Description
Dumasia DC.Description
Eminia Taub.Description
Eriosema (DC.) Rchb.Description
Erythrina L.Description
Flemingia Roxb. ex W.T. AitonDescription
Humularia P.A. Duvign.Description
Indigastrum Jaub. & Spach
Indigofera L.Description
Kotschya Endl.Description
Lablab Adans.Description
Lathyrus L.Description
Leptoderris DunnDescription
Lotononis (DC.) Eckl. & Zeyh.Description
Lotus L.Description
Lupinus L.Description
Macrotyloma (Wight & Arn.) Verdc.Description
Microcharis Benth.
Millettia Wight & Arn.Description
Mucuna Adans.Description
Mundulea (DC.) Benth.Description, Image
Neonotonia J.A. LackeyDescription
Neorautanenia SchinzDescription
Ophrestia H.M.L. ForbesDescription
Ormocarpum P. Beauv.Description
Otholobium C.H. Stirt.Description
Parochetus Buch.-Ham. ex D. DonDescription
Pearsonia DummerDescription
Pericopsis ThwaitesDescription
Philenoptera Fenzl ex A. Rich.Description
Physostigma Balf.Description
Pseudarthria Wight & Arn.Description
Pseudeminia Verdc.Description
Pseudoeriosema HaumanDescription
Psophocarpus Necker ex DC.Description
Pterocarpus Jacq.Description
Rhynchosia Lour.Description
Rhynchotropis HarmsDescription
Rothia Pers.Description
Sesbania Scop.Description
Sphenostylis E. Mey.Description
Tephrosia Pers.Description
Teramnus P. BrowneDescription
Trifolium L.Description
Uraria Desv.Description
Vicia L.Description
Vigna SaviDescription
Xanthocercis Baill.Description
Xeroderris RobertyDescription
Zornia J.F. Gmel.Description

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Botswana: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Mozambique: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zambia: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae.
http://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=165, retrieved 21 November 2017

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