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Genus Derris Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Woody climber or rarely trees.

Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; stipules small or absent.

Inflorescences racemes or panicles, axillary or terminal; bracts and bracteoles small, caducous. Calyx tube truncate or shortly toothed. Standard ± circular; wings and keel about same length. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary hairy; ovules 2–5.

Pod compressed, leathery, indehiscent, upper suture or both sutures narrowly winged; seeds usually 1–3, compressed, circular to reniform, arillate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 80 species, tropical, chiefly Asia & Africa. Australia: c. 3 species (2 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Derris involuta

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