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Genus Cajanus Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Perennial shrubs.

Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; leaflet surfaces with minute yellow resinous glands; stipulate; stipellate.

Inflorescences axillary racemes; bracts caducous; bracteoles absent. Calyx with upper 2 teeth fused. Standard auriculate; keel incurved. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary 4–7-ovulate. Style glabrous.

Pods linear-oblong, inflated, beaked, obliquely depressed between seeds; seeds several, without an obvious aril.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 37 species, tropical & subtropical regions., chiefly Africa & Asia. Australia: 11 species (10 species, native, 1 species naturalized).

Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cajanus cajan

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