Description: Perennial twining or trailing herbs.
Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; terminal leaflet usually largest; stipules small; stipels small, caducous.
Inflorescences axillary, racemose; flowers in clusters of 3 or more; bracts lanceolate to linear; bracteoles mostly linear. Calyx 4- or 5-toothed, the 2 upper teeth joined for the most of their length. Petals clawed; standard ± circular, larger than other petals; wings and keel ± oblong. Stamens diadelphous, 1 filament partly free; anthers uniform. Ovary subsessile, with 3–12 ovules; style ± upcurved; stigma small.
Pods oblong to linear, ± compressed, ± septate between seeds, dehiscent; seeds reniform to 4-angular; aril absent, caruncle small, flap-like.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 sp., India to Afr. Aust.: 1 sp. (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W.
Text by G.J. Harden
|One species in NSW: Neonotonia wightii|