Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae - Legume family

Leguminosae subfam. Mimosoideae


Brenan, J.P.M. (1970) Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1)

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs (in ours). Leaves alternate, 2-pinnate or (in some introduced species) modified to phyllodes which look like simple leaves. Inflorescences usually spikes, racemes or heads of small, actinomorphic (3-)5(-6)-merous flowers. Sepals usually united to form a calyx. Petals valvate in bud, free, or united below into a tube. Stamens 4-10, as many as or twice as many as the petals, or numerous. Pods and seeds various. Seeds generally marked with an areole.

Comment: Nowadays combined with the subfamilies Caesalpinioideae and Papilionoideae into the large family FABACEAE or LEGUMINOSAE. However, as all three are extensive and distinctive groups, it is still preferred to deal with them in separate lists.

Worldwide: 64 genera and 2,950 species, mostly tropical.

Zimbabwe: 12 cultivated genera and 58 cultivated taxa.

Leucaena leucocephala

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Acacia Mill.Description, Image
Albizia Durazz.Description, Image
Amblygonocarpus HarmsDescription, Image
Calliandra Benth.Description
Enterolobium Mart.Description, Image
Faidherbia A. Chev.Description, Image
Leucaena Benth.Description, Image
Mimosa L.Description, Image
Newtonia Baill.Description
Pithecellobium Mart.Description
Prosopis L.Description
Samanea Benth.Description

Other sources of information about Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Caprivi: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Malawi: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Mozambique: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Zambia: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae
Wikipedia: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=139, retrieved 29 November 2022

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