Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrubs or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate, terminal leaflet often much larger than other leaflets; leaflets 1–15, entire; stipules small, caducous. Inflorescence axillary, usually in paired head-like clusters, flowers rarely in fascicles or solitary; bracts usually palmate, rarely simple; bracteoles absent. Flowers usually yellow, orange or red, sessile or shortly pedicellate; calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, lobes shorter than the tube, equal or unequal; standard broadly elliptic; wings obovate; keel lanceolate; stamens monodelphous or the upper stamen partially free; ovary sessile, style incurved, glabrous. Pod subglobose, sometimes indehiscent, usually enclosed in the persistent calyx; seeds 1–2, smooth.

About 25 species from Europe and northern Africa; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Anthyllis
Subordinate taxa