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Genus Rhynchosia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Prostrate or climbing herbs.

Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; lower surface of leaflets gland-dotted, lateral leaflets asymmetric; terminal petiolules more than 4 times longer than lateral petiolules; stipules linear-lanceolate; stipels minute or absent.

Inflorescences axillary racemes, rarely solitary; bracts caducous; bracteoles absent. Calyx with upper 2 teeth united. Standard auriculate; keel incurved. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary usually 2-ovuled; style incurved; stigma terminal.

Pod compressed, frequently glandular, 2-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 300 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 7 species (native), all mainland States except Vic.

Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaflets more than 5 cm long, apex acuminate; racemes shorter than leavesRhynchosia acuminatissima
Leaflets less than 5 cm long, apex obtuse to sub-acute; racemes longer than leaves2
2Pods with short, fine hairs onlyRhynchosia minima
Pods with both short, fine hairs and long, tuberculate hairs
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Rhynchosia australis

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