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Onobrychis Mill.

驴豆属

Description from Flora of China

Herbs [or shrublets]. Stipules dry membranous, connate or rarely distinct. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflet blades opposite, margin entire. Racemes axillary, with a long peduncle, with bracts and bracteoles. Calyx campanulate. Corolla purple, pinkish purple, or pale yellow. Stamens diadelphous (9+1); anthers uniform. Ovary sessile, with 1 or 2 ovules; style filiform; stigma capitate. Legume usu­ally with 1 article, subglobose, inflated, indehiscent, with elevated veins, usually prickly.

Species of this genus are good fodder plants.

About 130 species: N Africa, C and SW Asia, Europe; three species (one introduced) in China.

(Authors: Xu Langran (徐朗然 Xu Lang-rang); Byoung-Hee Choi)


 

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