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Colutea Linn., Sp.Pl. 723. 1753. Gen.Pl.ed.5.323.1754; Ali in Bot. Notiser 112:489.1959; Browicz, Monogr. Bot., Warsaw 14:1-135.1963.

Shrubs or small trees, armed or unarmed, young branches glabrous or pubescent. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; leaflets entire, opposite, ovate, elliptic, obovate to roundish. Inflorescence a raceme. Bract small. Calyx with 5 subequal teeth, 2 upper slightly shorter. Corolla mostly yellow. Vexillum roundish, with 2 small swellings above the claw. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, vexillary stamen free. Ovary stipitate, many ovuled; style incurved, bearded inside in the upper portion; stigma large, below the apex. Fruit inflated, stipitate, with papery walls; seeds numerous.

A genus with 26 species, distributed in southern Europe, N.Africa and West and Central Asia.

1 Fruit less than 3 cm long; vexillum less than 1.0 cm long   Colutea armata
+ Fruit more than 3 cm long; vexillum more than 1.0 cm long   (2)
2 (1) Keel with a long bead (c. 2-3 mm long), bent upward; fruit with a short acute tip   Colutea nepalensis
+ Keel with a short beak; fruit gradually narrowing into a distinct acute tip   (3)
3 (2) Rachis with a few white hairs, leaflets glabrous to subglabrous above, pubescent below; fruit c. 3.5 cm broad. ssp   Colutea paulsenii ssp. paulsenii
+ Rachis and leaflets more densely pubescent; fruit 2.0-2.5 cm broad   Colutea paulsenii ssp. mesantha

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