Identifying Characteristics of Sub-family Papilionoideae

Identifying characteristics of the sub-family Papilionoideae:

Root: Nodule present in root.

Leaf: Pinnately compound or imparipinnate, leaf base is usually swollen.

Flower: Papilionaceous, zygomorphic, partially perigynous.

Corolla: Aestivation- vexillary

Androecium: Stamens (9)+1, diadelphous (two bundles) or monodelphous (one bundle)

Carpel: Monocarpellary (one carpel) ovary –superior

Placentation: Marginal

Fruit: Legume or pod

Example: Clitoria ternatea.