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Genus Pueraria Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Twining or trailing perennial herbs.

Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; leaflets usually 3-lobed, pubescent; stipules and stipels present.

Inflorescences axillary racemes; bracts caducous. Calyx with upper 2 teeth fused. Standard clawed, auriculate, ± same length as keel and as wings. Stamens ± all fused into sheath or diadelphous.

Pod oblong, compressed; seeds numerous, without obvious aril.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 35 species, Himalayas to Japan, South-East Asia to Pacific. Australia: 2 species (introduced), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pueraria lobata

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