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Genus :

CAJANUS

Family :

FABACEAE

Description


Shrubs or woody climbers. Leaves pinnately trifoliolate, resinous glands beneath, stipules lanceolate, deciduous, stipels absent. Flowers scattered on rachis of axillary peduncled racemes, bracts caducous, bracteoles absent. Sepals 5, connate in campanulate tube. Petals exserted, standard orbicular, wings obliquely obovate, keels obtuse, incurved at tip. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, vexillary filaments free, anthers uniform. Ovary subsessile, ovules 4-6, styles long, stigmas oblique, capitate. Pods linear, inflated, valves with depressed, oblique lines outside between seeds. Seeds compressed.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Erect shrubs; seeds without conspicuous strophiole C. cajan
1b. Herbaceous or woody climbers; seeds with strophiole 2
2a. Leaves pinnately trifoliate; racemes up to 2 cm long C. scarabaeoides
2b. Leaves subdigitately trifoliate; racemes more then 2 cm long 3
3a. Leaflets rhomboid; pod up to 5 cm long, covers with velvety yellow hairs Leaflets rhomboid; pod up to 5 cm long, covers with velvety yellow hairs C. crassus
3b. Leaflets as long as broad; pods up to 7 cm long, covers with long grey hairs C. goensis