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Aeschynomene Linn., Sp.Pl. 713. 1753. Gen.Pl.ed.5.319.1754; Baker in Hook.f., Fl.Brit.Ind.2:151.1876; Cooke,Fl.Bomb.Pres. (reprint ed.) 1:362.1958; Rudd in Reinwardtia :23.1959.

Herbs or shrubs. Leaves pinnate, leaflets numerous, entire, exstipellate. Flowers in simple or branched axillary racemes, sometimes terminal. Bracts usually stipuliform, bracteoles appressed to the calyx. Calyx with subequal lobes or 2-lipped. Petals subequal; vexillum shortly clawed, orbicular, wings obliquely obovate or oblong, Keel not beaked. Stamens in 2 bundles of 5 each, anthers uniform. Ovary stipitate, 2 or more ovulate, style incurved, not bearded. Stigma terminal. Fruit stipitate, joints 2 or more, smooth or muricate, indehiscent, 1-seeded parts separable or rarely dehiscent by one suture.

A genus with about 150 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, represented in Pakistan by only 2 species.


1 Stem woody, calyx glabrous, 1-seeded parts not echinulate in mature fruits   Aeschynomene indica
+ Stem pith-like, calyx hispid, 1-seeded parts echinulate in mature fruits   Aeschynomene aspera

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