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Abrus Adans., Fam. 2:327. 1763. Baker in Hook.f.,Fl. Brit.Ind. 2:175. 1876; Cooke, Fl.Bomb.Pres. (reprint ed.) 1:382.1958; Talbot,For. Fl.Bomb. Pres.& Sind 1:396.1911.

Shrub or shrublets, often climbing. Leaves pinnate, leaflets many paired; rachis bristle tipped. Racemes lateral. Calyx truncate, teeth very short, upper 2 subconnate. Vexillum ovate, clawed, wing narrowly falcate, oblong. Keel bigger than wings. Stamens 9, adnate into a sheath, vexillary stamen absent, anthers uniform. Ovary subsessile, ovules many. Fruit plano-compressed, 2 valved, subseptate within between the seeds. Seeds subglobose or ellipsoid, sometimes red and black.

A genus with c.15 species, mainly distributed in tropical and subtropical regions, locally represented by 1 species.

Lower Taxon

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