Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Hedysarum L., Sp. Pl. 745-751 (1753)

Annual or perennial herbs, subshrubs or rarely shrubs.  Lvs imparipinnate, stipulate;  leaflets entire, with lateral veins not reaching the margin.  Infl. axillary, racemose or capitate, bracteate.  Calyx teeth 5, subequal.  Corolla red-purple, pink, yellow or white.  Vexillary stamen free, remainder connate;  anthers uniform.  Style abruptly inflexed above staminal tube; stigma terminal.  Pod lomentaceous, compressed, indehiscent, smooth or spinous;  seeds 1 per segment, reniform, estrophiolate.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Hedysarum L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.