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Ononis Linn., Sp.Pl. 716. 1753. Gen.Pl.ed.5.772.1754; Boissier, Fl.Or. 2:56.1872; Baker in Hook.f., Fl.Brit.Ind.2:85. 1876; G.Sirjaev in Beih. Bot.Centr. 49(2):381-665.1932.

Annual or perennial herbs or undershrubs, usually pubescent, hairs eglandular or glandular. Leaf 1-3-foliolate, rarely imparipinnately compound, more than 2 lateral pairs of leaflets; leaflets generally toothed; stipules mostly adnate to the petiole. Flowers axillary, 1-3, sessile or long-peduncled, or forming terminal racemes or spikes. Bracts and bracteoles minute or O. Calyx with 5 subequal teeth. Vexillum with a short claw. Keel beaked. Stamens monadelphous, alternate filaments dilated at the apex, anthers dimorphous. Ovary shortly stipitate, 2 or more ovuled, style glabrous, stigma terminal or subterminal. Fruit linear to oblong, inflated or torulose, seeds few to numerous, reniform.

A genus with about 80 species, distributed in Europe, Mediterranean regions, W. Asia and Ethiopia, locally represented by 2 species.

1 Lateral branches not ending in spines   Ononis arvensis
+ Lateral branches ending in spines   Ononis antiquorum

Lower Taxa

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