Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herbs and shrubs; stems much branched, ultimate divisions spinose. Leaves alternate, simple, entire; stipules minute. Inflorescence a few-flowered lax axillary raceme, rachis spine-tipped; bract and bracteoles small. Calyx tube campanulate; teeth subequal, minute; petals pink, purple or crimson and yellow; standard obovate, cucullate, margins inflexed, claw very short; keel obtuse, about same length as wings and standard; stamens diadelphous in 2 bundles of 5, anthers uniform; ovary subsessile, glabrous, ovules many. Pod elongate, subterete or slightly compressed, indehiscent, often constricted between seeds; seeds reniform, aril absent.

5 species in the east Mediterranean and north Africa to central Asia; 1 species naturalised in southern Australia.

In hot weather, plants exude a gum called 'Persian manna'.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Alhagi
Subordinate taxa