Ornithopus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs; stems much-branched, slender, spreading or erect, often pubescent. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; leaflets small, usually 5–37; stipules small, linear to triangular, free. Inflorescences 1–5-flowered, axillary, umbellate or in clusters, pedunculate; bracts leafy; bracteoles small. Flowers white, yellow, or pink, shortly pedicellate; calyx campanulate, 5-toothed, teeth shorter than tube, more or less equal (in Victoria) or upper 2 partly connate; petals clawed; standard oblong to orbicular; wings more or less oblong; keel straight, apex obtuse, shorter than wings; stamens diadelphous, some filaments dilated above, anthers uniform; ovary sessile, style incurved, glabrous, stigma capitate, ovules many. Pod terete or linear and compressed, beaked, reticulate, separating into 3–8 1-seeded indehiscent articles; seeds exarillate.

About 10 species from Europe, western Asia, tropical Africa and South America; 4 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-07-04
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Ornithopus
Subordinate taxa