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Genus Scorpiurus Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Annual, prostrate to erect herbs.

Leaves simple, margins entire; stipules 3–5-veined, partly fused to the petiole.

Inflorescences axillary, short- or long-pedunculate, racemes 1-few-flowered; pedicels often short. Calyx shortly campanulate, teeth slightly unequal. Petals clawed; standard ± circular. Stamens diadelphous; alternate stamen filaments dilated upwards; anthers uniform. Style incurved; stigma ± capitate.

Pods indehiscent, jointed or ± continuous, coiled or twisted, with longitudinal ribs smooth or with spines or warts; seeds without aril.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 8 spp., Eur., NE Afr, W Asia. Aust.: 1 or 2 spp. (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W.

A number of species are cultivated as fodder plants.

Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Scorpiurus muricatus

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