3889.000 Pueraria DC.

Description of the genus

Robust climbers or trailers, the roots sometimes tuberous. Leaves large, pinnately 3-foliolate, the leaflets entire or sinuately lobed; stipules present, sometimes produced below the point of insertion; stipels present. Inflorescences axillary, falsely racemose or paniculate, sometimes very long, the flowers often aggregated on nodose reduced side branches along the rhachis; bracts present, mostly small and soon falling; bracteoles present, sub-persistent or deciduous. Calyx 5-lobed or appearing 4-lobed, the upper pair of lobes joined to form an entire or bifid lip. Corolla small or medium-sized, mostly blue or purplish. Ovary linear, many-ovuled, narrowed above. Fruit pods, long and linear, compressed, many-seeded, pubescent. Seeds small, oblong, subglobose or almost cylindric.

Worldwide: 15 to 20 species in Asia and Polynesia, widely cultivated in the tropics.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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lobata (Willd.) Ohwi

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pueraria
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pueraria
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pueraria
Wikipedia: Pueraria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pueraria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pueraria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Pueraria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1859, retrieved 21 September 2021

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