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Genus Gleditsia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Caesalpinioideae

Description: Deciduous trees, stems armed with spines.

Leaves alternate, often both pinnate and bipinnate on the same plant; stipules small.

Inflorescences axillary, spike-like racemes or rarely panicles, either male with many clustered ± sessile flowers or bisexual with few well-spaced pedicellate flowers. Flowers bisexual and unisexual. Sepals and petals similar, 3–5, greenish-yellow. Stamens 6–10, free. Ovary subsessile; ovules 2–numerous; style short with a large terminal stigma.

Pod indehiscent, oblong, compressed, ± leathery and often pulpy inside; seeds 2–many, transverse.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 14 species, North & South America, Asia, Africa. Australia: 1 species

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Gleditsia triacanthos

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