Description: Woody climbers.
Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate, lateral leaflets asymmetric; stipules and stipellae present.
Inflorescences axillary racemes or panicles. Calyx with upper 2 teeth fused. Standard reflexed, much shorter than keel; keel longer than standard and wings. Stamens diadelphous; anthers alternately long and short. Ovary sessile, few-ovuled; style filiform.
Pod oblong, compressed, valves thick, covered with irritant hairs, sutures winged; seeds compressed, circular, without obvious aril.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 120 species tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 3 species (2 species native), Qld, N.S.W., N.T. W.A.
Text by C. Gardner
|One species in NSW: Mucuna gigantea|