Vol. 75 No. 2 (2020)

Taxonomic revision of the genus Flemingia (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) in India

Sandip Kisan Gavade
Angiosperm Taxonomy Laboratory, Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004, Maharashtra, India
Laurentius Josephus Gerardus van der Maesen
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR Leiden, The Netherlands
Manoj Madhwanand Lekhak
Angiosperm Taxonomy Laboratory, Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004, Maharashtra, India
Published November 18, 2020
  • Cajanus,
  • Flemingia,
  • Moghania,
  • Fabaceae,
  • distribution,
  • India,
  • taxonomy
  • ...More
How to Cite
Kisan Gavade, S., van der Maesen, L. J. G., & Madhwanand Lekhak, M. (2020). Taxonomic revision of the genus Flemingia (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) in India. Webbia, 75(2), 141-218. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-8767


Indian Flemingia species are grouped under five subgenera, namely Chalaria, Flemingiastrum, Lepidocoma, Ostryodium and Rhynchosioides. Here, we revise the taxonomy of the genus (excluding subg. Rhynchosioides) based on the study of live material and preserved specimens. We report 21 species and one variety (22 taxa) in India, of which one variety is endemic, i.e. F. praecox var. robusta. All the taxa have been described, illustrated and their ecology discussed. In the process, twelve binomials (F. angustifolia, F. blancoana, F. chappar, F. congesta, F. grahamiana, F. latifolia, F. macrophylla, F. nudiflora, F. paniculata, F. stricta, F. wallichii and F. wightiana) and one trinomial (F. praecox var. robusta) are lectotypified. F. sericans and F. stricta subsp. pteropus are proposed as new synonyms for F. macrophylla and F. stricta, respectively. F. parviflora, an Australian species, is recorded for India. F. strobilifera var. nudiflora is raised to the species level and a new combination proposed, i.e. F. nudiflora. F. tiliacea is relegated to the synonymy of F. nudiflora. A taxonomic key for the subgenera and species therein is provided for easy identification. Additionally, distributional maps for the genus and species are given.


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