Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae - Legume family

Leguminosae subfam. Papilionoideae


Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

Schrire, B.D. (2012) Papilionoideae-Indigofereae Flora Zambesiaca 3(4) 1-245

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, climbers or, most often, herbs. Leaves alternate, most often pinnate or pinnately 3-foliolate, less often digitately 3-foliolate, occasionally 1-foliolate, simple or digitate; pulvinus always present at the base of each leaflet, and usually present at base of petiole. Inflorescences of racemes or panicles, less often umbellate, capitate or spicate. Flowers zygomorphic, papilionaceous, with a large, often erect, adaxial petal (standard), two lateral petals (wings) parallel with each other, and two lower petals, which are often connate by their lower margins to form a keel. Sepals united at base. Petals imbricate in bud. Stamens usually 10, rarely fewer, either all fused (monadelphous) or 1 free and 9 fused (diadelphous) or rarely all free. Pods various. Seeds without areoles.

Worldwide: 313 genera and 8,100 species, cosmopolitan.

Zambia: 87 genera and 801 taxa.

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Abrus Adans.Description, Image
Adenocarpus DC.Description
Adenodolichos HarmsDescription
Aeschynomene L.Description
Alysicarpus Desv.Description, Image
Amphicarpaea Elliot ex Nutt.Description
Antopetitia A. Rich.Description, Image
Argyrolobium Eckl. & Zeyh.Description
Astragalus L.Description
Baphia Afzel. ex G. Lodd.Description, Image
Bobgunnia J.H. Kirkbr. & WiersemaDescription
Bolusanthus HarmsDescription
Bolusia Benth.Description
Bouffordia H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi
Cajanus DC.Description, Image
Canavalia DC.Description
Centrosema (DC.) Benth.Description, Image
Cicer L.Description
Clitoria L.Description
Cordyla Lour.Description
Craibia Harms & DunnDescription
Crotalaria L.Description, Image
Cyclocarpa Afzel. ex BakerDescription
Dalbergia L.f.Description
Dalbergiella Baker f.Description
Decorsea R. Vig.Description, Image
Desmodium Desv.Description, Image
Dolichos L.Description
Droogmansia De Wild.Description, Image
Dumasia DC.Description
Eminia Taub.Description
Eriosema (DC.) Rchb.Description, Image
Erythrina L.Description, Image
Flemingia Roxb. ex W.T. AitonDescription, Image
Glycine L.Description
Grona Lour.Image
Humularia P.A. Duvign.Description
Hylodesmum H. Ohashi & R.R. MillImage
Indigastrum Jaub. & SpachDescription
Indigofera L.Description
Kotschya Endl.Description
Lablab Adans.Description
Leptoderris DunnDescription
Lessertia DC.Description
Lotononis (DC.) Eckl. & Zeyh.Description
Lotus L.Description
Macrotyloma (Wight & Arn.) Verdc.Description
Microcharis Benth.Description
Millettia Wight & Arn.Description
Mucuna Adans.Description
Mundulea (DC.) Benth.Description, Image
Neonotonia J.A. LackeyDescription
Neorautanenia SchinzDescription
Ophrestia H.M.L. ForbesDescription
Ormocarpum P. Beauv.Description
Otholobium C.H. Stirt.Description, Image
Pearsonia DummerDescription
Pericopsis ThwaitesDescription
Phaseolus L.Description
Philenoptera Fenzl ex A. Rich.Description
Physostigma Balf.Description
Pleurolobus J.St.-Hil.Image
Polhillides H.Ohashi & K.OhashiImage
Pseudarthria Wight & Arn.Description
Pseudeminia Verdc.Description
Pseudoeriosema HaumanDescription
Psophocarpus Necker ex DC.Description
Pterocarpus Jacq.Description
Requienia DC.Description
Rhynchosia Lour.Description
Rhynchotropis HarmsDescription
Robynsiophyton R. WilczekDescription
Rothia Pers.Description
Sesbania Scop.Description
Smithia AitonDescription
Sphenostylis E. Mey.Description
Stylosanthes Sw.Description
Tephrosia Pers.Description
Teramnus P. BrowneDescription
Trifolium L.Description
Trigonella L.Description
Vicia L.Description
Vigna SaviDescription
Wajira Thulin
Xanthocercis Baill.Description
Xeroderris RobertyDescription
Zornia J.F. Gmel.Description

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Botswana: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Malawi: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Mozambique: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
JSTOR Plant Science: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Wikipedia: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Plants of the World Online: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae
Tropicos: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Fabaceae subfamily Papilionoideae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=165, retrieved 25 June 2024

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