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Small trees, shrubs or woody climbers. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, leaflets opposite, stipules small, stipels subulate or absent. Inflorescence axillary or terminal racemes or panicles. Flower bracts small, caducous, bracteoles caducous. Sepals 5, in campanulate tube. Petals much exserted, standard obovate or orbicular, spreading or reflexed, auriculate or not at base, wings obliquely oblong, keels incurved, obtuse. Stamens mono- or diadelphous, anthers uniform, versatile. Ovary sessile or rarely stipitate, beardless, stigmas terminal. Fruit oblong, compressed, woody, few seeded. Seeds orbicular or reniform.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Young shoots and undersurface of leaves rusty tomentose 2
1b. Young shoots and under sufrace of leaves pubescent M. pachycarpa
2a. Corolla, at least the sandard velvety or silky pubescent outside M. caerulea
2b. Corolla glabrous M. cinerea