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.

Zambia: 9 cultivated genera and 12 cultivated taxa.

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GenusContent
Arachis L.Description
Cyamopsis DC.Description
Dalbergia L.f.Description
Desmodium Desv.Description
Macroptilium (Benth.) Urb.Description
Millettia Wight & Arn.Description
Phaseolus L.Description
Sesbania Scop.Description
Stylosanthes Sw.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: 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 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: Family page: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=165, retrieved 29 March 2017

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