L., Sp. Pl. 741 (1753).
Derivation: Latin name of some shrub.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Spiny-branched shrub; leaves usually alternate, exstipulate, 3-foliolate in seedlings, reduced to scalelike or narrow usually spine-like phyllodes at maturity.
Flowers axillary, solitary or in small clusters, sometimes aggregated into racemes or umbel-like inflorescences; bracteoles 2, immediately below the pedicellate flower; calyx more or less yellow, persistent, divided to the base into 2 lips, upper lip with 2 teeth, lower with 3 teeth; petals yellow, persistent, the wings longer than the obtuse keel; stamens monadelphous, anthers alternately basifixed and longer and dorsifixed and shorter.
Pod broadly ovoid to linear-oblong, hairy, dehiscent, scarcely exserted from the calyx; seeds 1-6, arillate.
About 20 species in Europe and northern Africa.
In spite of recent monographic work, the taxonomy of this genus is very imperfectly understood and hybridisation is more frequent than has been supposed.
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