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Family: Fabaceae

Citation: Smith, Ann. Bot.(Koenig & Sims) 1:509 (1805).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Greek sphaira, ball, sphere; lobos, pod; alluding to the globular fruit.

Shrubs or undershrubs with erect rush-like often leafless stems; branches terete, often with longitudinal ridges; leaves, when present, alternate or irregularly opposite or whorled, narrow, entire.

Flowers yellow or red, in lateral or terminal racemes or clusters; bracts and bracteoles very deciduous; calyx lobes imbricate, the upper 2 larger, falcate, united higher up; petals shortly clawed; standard orbicular or reniform, notched, wings oblong, falcate, shorter or longer than the straight or curved keel; all 10 stamens free; ovary stipitate, glabrous, style much incurved, subulate or dilated at the base, with a longitudinal membrane or a ring of hairs below the stigma; ovules 2, on short thick funicles.

Pod stipitate, oblique-globular or compressed; seed arillate.

Distribution:  Endemic to Australia, with 12 species.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available

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