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Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or subshrubs. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate, stipulate, stipellate. Inflorescences terminal, forming a racemose panicle, each umbellate, 4-15-flowered, subtended and enclosed by a pair of persistent leaflike bracts. Calyx campanulate, pubescent, 5-lobed; lower 3 lobes usually longer than upper ones; upper 2 lobes connate and entire or minutely 2-toothed at apex. Corolla white to pale yellow or rarely purple; standard obovate or broadly obovate, clawed or tapering to base; wings narrowly elliptic, clawed and auriculate at base; keel arcuate, base long clawed, auriculate. Stamens 10, monadelphous. Gynoecium longer than androecium. Leg­ume sessile, indehiscent; lower suture more deeply incised, upper suture shallowly undulate, (1 or)2-7-jointed. Seed distinctly rim-arillate around hilum; cotyledons epigeous.

Eight species: tropical and subtropical Asia, N Australia; four species in China.

(Authors: Huang Puhua (黄普华 Huang Pu-hwa); Hiroyoshi Ohashi)


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