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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual to tree
Leaves generally compound, alternate, stipuled; leaflets generally entire
Inflorescence: generally raceme, spike, umbel or head; flowers sometime 12 in axils
Flowers generally bisexual, generally bilateral; hypanthium generally flat or cup-like; sepals generally 5, fused; petals generally 5, free, or the 2 lower ± fused; stamens 1many, often 10 with 9 filaments at least partly fused, 1 (uppermost) free; pistil 1, ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, ovules 1many, style, stigma 1
Fruit: legume, sometimes including a stalk-like base above receptacle, dehiscent, or indehiscent and breaking into 1-seeded segments, or indehiscent, 1-seeded, and achene-like
Seeds 1several, often ± reniform, generally hard, smooth
Genera in family: ± 650 genera, 18,000 species: worldwide; with grasses, requisite in agriculture and most natural ecosystems. Many cultivated, most importantly Arachis , peanut; Glycine , soybean; Phaseolus , beans; Medicago ; Trifolium ; and many orns
Reference: [Polhill & Raven (eds) 1981 Advances in legume systematics; Allen & Allen 1981 Leguminosae]
Family description and key to genera by Duane Isely.
Annual or perennial herb, unarmed, glabrous or hairy, rarely glandular, generally rhizomed
Stem sprawling, climbing, or erect; stem angled, flanged, or winged
Leaves even-1-pinnate; stipules persistent, upper lobe > lower; main axis ending as a tendril or short bristle; leaflets 016, ± opposite or alternate, linear to widely ovate
Inflorescence: raceme, generally axillary, 1many-flowered
Flower: upper calyx lobes generally < and wider than lower; corolla 830 mm, pink-purple or pale, sometimes white or yellow; 9 filaments fused, 1 free; style flat, finely hairy on concave side
Fruit dehiscent, oblong, ± flat
Species in genus: ± 150 species: temp North America, Eurasia
Etymology: (Ancient Greek name)
Reference: [Broich 1987 Syst Bot 12:139153]
Some species variable, intergrading with others; some hybridization probable.
Seeds of most alien species. TOXIC to humans (especially young males) and livestock (especially horses).
Perennial, generally glabrousSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem sprawling, angled or flanged, not winged
Leaf: stipules ± = leaflets; leaflets 68, 2.54.5 cm, ovate or elliptic, fleshy; tendril coiled, branched, or neither
Flower: calyx tube < lower lobes; corolla 1.82.2 mm, blue-purple or 2-colored
Ecology: Uncommon. Coastal beaches, dunes
Elevation: < 30 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast (Del Norte Co.)
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, circumboreal, also Chile
Synonyms: var. glaber (Ser.) Fernald
Horticultural information: DRN, SUN: 15, 16, 17; INV; STBL.