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Published In: Systema Naturae, ed. 12 2: 282, 293. 1767. (Oct 1767) (Syst. Nat. (ed. 12)) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: A genus with about 45 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical regions.


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Unarmed or armed trees or shrubs with prickles, axillary spines or spinescent stipules. Leaves bipinnate, pinnae 1-2 pairs, leaflets few or many paired; stipules small, or absent. Petiolar or jugal glands small or obscure. Inflorescence axillary cylindric spike or globose heads. Flowers 5-merous. Calyx shortly dentate. Petals connate below the middle. Stamens 10, free, anthers with or without a deciduous gland. Ovary sessile or stipitate, ovules numerous. Fruit linear, thick and compres¬sed, straight or falcate, indehiscent, mesocarp spongy. Seeds ovate, compressed.

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1 Prickles on internodes (2)
+ No prickles on internodes (3)
2 (1) Pinnae 2-4, rachis glabrous, flowers sessile Prosopis cineraria
+ Pinnae 6-10, rachis pilose, flowers pedicellate Prosopis farcta
3 (1) Leaflets 9-12 times as long as broad, spaced commonly 9-18 mm apart Prosopis glandulosa
+ Leaflets 3.5-6 times as long as broad, spaced 2.5-5 mm apart Prosopis juliflora
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