1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Neonotonia J.A.Lackey

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, SW. Arabian Peninsula, India, Sri Lanka.


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    Previous accounts of the Phaseoleae by Baudet (1978) and Lackey (1981) recognised 90 and 84 genera and c. 1540 and 1480 species respectively in the tribe. In an equivalent, i.e. traditionally held view of Phaseoleae, 89 genera and (1554)–1567–(1580) species are treated here (Table 9; Fig. 47). Changes between Baudet (1978) and this treatment are that eleven genera are now in synonymy or have subsequently been placed in Millettieae, two genera have been transferred from Desmodieae and eight new genera have been added. Vigna has traditionally been thought to comprise some 150–200 species, but Vigna sens. strict. may contain fewer than 100.

    Recent molecular analyses of the tribe, however, have emphasised both the polyphyletic and paraphyletic nature of Phaseoleae as traditionally circumscribed (Bruneau & Doyle, 1990; Doyle & Doyle, 1993; Delgado Salinas et al., 1993; Bruneau et al., 1995; Doyle et al., 1997, 2000; Kajita et al., 2001; Goel et al., 2001; Lee & Hymowitz, 2001). This has required a radical realignment of elements of the phaseoloids (Table 9; Fig. 47), with at least two major clades being evident: Phaseoleae subtribes Diocleinae and Ophrestiinae which together with tribe Abreae are allied to the core-Millettieae (Fig. 45), and the remaining groups comprising a Phaseoleae sens. lat. clade. The rbcL phylogeny of Kajita et al. (2001) and the ITS analysis of Hu et al. (2002) are equivocal as to which clade subtribe Clitoriinae belongs. Phaseoleae sens. lat. also includes two traditionally independent tribes, the Desmodieae and Psoraleeae. Delimiting a recircumscribed Phaseoleae sens. strict is thus very problematic. A solution may be to recognise a broad tribe Phaseoleae, comprising the subtribes Kennediinae, Cajaninae, Phaseolinae and Glycininae, assorted basally branching genera, and tribes Desmodieae and Psoraleeae (both treated at subtribal level).

    Three subspecies are recognised in N. wightii (Wight & Arn.) J.A.Lackey; Neonotonia contains species once placed in Glycine; Lackey (1977) notes some species of Pueraria, when better known, may be placed here; Lee & Hymowitz (2001) place Neonotonia and Teyleria in a clade with Pachyrhizus and some Pueraria species, while Doyle et al. (2003) resolved them as sister to Calopogonium
    Scandent or climbing herbs
    Seasonally dry tropical forest, woodland, thicket, scrub, wooded grassland and grassland, or in cultivation
    Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Indian subcontinent and Malesia; introduced elsewhere in the Old World

    Leguminosae, B. Mackinder, R. Pasquet, R. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:5. 2001

    Vexillary stamen joined to the others, at least initially; anthers uniform.
    Ovary many-ovuled; style short, slender, slightly incurved, with a small capitate stigma.
    Pod linear-oblong, compressed, somewhat constricted between the seeds.
    Seeds oblong, minutely granular to granular, with a small persistent white funicular remnant.
    Trailing or climbing perennial herbs from a woody rootstock.
    Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules and stipels present.
    Inflorescence an axillary pseudoraceme, dense or lax; flowers paired or in clusters along the inflorescence axis.
    Calyx 5-lobed, the two upper lobes joined along much of their length.
    Corolla small; standard white, blue-purple or white with a purple blotch inside, obovate to rounded.
    Extensively cultivated as livestock pasture, forage, green manure and ground cover; also used as human food (leaves) and for medicine



    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Fiji, Jawa, Malaya, Mauritius, New Guinea, New South Wales, Paraguay, Queensland, Rodrigues, Réunion

    Neonotonia J.A.Lackey appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Phytologia 37: 210 (1977)


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    • in Phytologia 37: 210 (1977).


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