Trigonella

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, decumbent or ascending annual herbs, hairy or glabrescent. Leaves alternate, pinnately trifoliolate; usually petiolate; stipules conspicuous, leafy, adnate to petiole. Inflorescence axillary, flowers solitary, in clusters, or short racemes; calyx campanulate, teeth equal (at least in Victoria); petals yellow; standard narrow, obovate or oblong, gradually narrowed at base; wings and keel shorter, obtuse; stamens diadelphous, 9 united by their filaments around ovary, the tenth entirely free or fused at base, filaments not dilated at the apex; ovary more or less sessile, ovules many. Pod linear-oblong, straight or curved, indehiscent or dehiscent along 1 suture; seeds 1-many, more or less rhomboid (at least in Victoria), tubercled, wrinkled or smooth, exarillate.

About 70 species, mostly from the Mediterranean region; 3 species in Australia (1 endemic and 2 naturalized).

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Trigonella
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