Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Ononis L., Sp. Pl. 716-719 (1753)

Annual or perennial herbs, rarely shrubs or small trees, sometimes armed.  Lvs usually pinnately 3-foliolate, rarely 1-foliolate or very rarely with 2–5 pairs of leaflets; principal lateral veins thin and straight, terminating at leaflet margin in a tooth; stipules adnate to petiole.  Fls solitary or 2–3 in axillary racemes; bracts minute or 0 but floral lvs sometimes reduced to bracts.  Calyx teeth 5.  Stamens connate in a closed tube or rarely vexillary stamen free; alternate anthers versatile, remainder basifixed.  Style glabrous; stigma terminal, subcapitate.  Pod 2-valved, straight, dehiscent, not armed, 1-many-seeded; seeds estrophiolate, smooth or tuberculate.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Ononis L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
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.