Description: Shrubs with lignified thorns derived from lateral branches.
Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules striate, scarious; stipellate.
Inflorescences axillary racemes; bracts simple. Calyx tube short, campanulate, upper 2 teeth ± fused. Standard orbicular to broadly obovate, clawed; wings oblong, joined to the middle of the keel; keel obtuse. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary with c. 2 ovules; style inflexed or incurved.
Pod transversely jointed, separating into 1-seeded articles; articles 2–7, usually indehiscent; seeds with a small rim aril.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species. Australia: 1 species, endemic to New South Wales.
Previously included in the genus Desmodium, but molecular data have demonstrated that this genus needs to be greatly divided.
Text by R.L. Barrett, Sept. 2019
Taxon concept: Ohashi et al., J. Jap. Bot. 93(5): 299 (2018)
|One species in NSW: Pedleya acanthoclada|