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Genus Alysicarpus Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Herbs or subshrubs.

Alternate, 1-foliate; stipules, striate scarious; stipellate.

Inflorescences terminal racemes; bracts simple, caducous. Calyx tube short, upper 2 teeth mostly fused. Standard obovate to spathulate, not distinctly clawed; wings oblong, usually joined to the middle of the keel; keel obtuse. Stamens 9 united, 1 free; anthers uniform. Ovary shortly stipitate, with several ovules; style inflexed or incurved.

Pod transversely jointed, separating into 1-seeded, turgid articles; articles 1–8, indehiscent; seeds not arillate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 30 species, tropics and subtropics. Australia: 9 species (6 endemic or native), WA, NT, Qld, NSW.

Text by R.L. Barrett
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Alysicarpus ovalifolius


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