Fabaceae (Pea family)

How to identify: Leaves often compound and pinnate or trifoliate (but there are exceptions like Alysicarpus, some Crotalaria, Hovea, Pultenaea etc, which has single leaves). Stipules usually present (especially for the herbaceous or climbing species, but not always as obvious in the trees). In the compound-leaved trees and the stouter vines I find that the leaflet stalks are somewhat thickened or ‘stoutish’ with transverse wrinkles. The pinnate leaved species usually have opposite leaflets and a terminal leaflet with a longer stalk.

This family now includes all the other legume families Caesalpinaceae and Mimosaceae (wattles and such).

Acacia auriculiformis
Acacia calyculata
Acacia celsa
Acacia cincinnata
Acacia crassicarpa
Acacia flavescens (Red Wattle)
Acacia humifusum
Acacia leptoloba (Irvinebank Wattle)
Acacia mangium
Acacia oraria (Coastal Wattle)
Acacia polystachya
Acacia purpureapetala
Archidendron hirsutum
Archidendron lucyi
Archidendron whitei
*Butea monosperma
Caesalpinia bonduc (Grey Nicker)
Caesalpinia crista
Caesalpinia traceyi
Castanospermum australe (Black Bean)
*Centrosema pubescens (Centro)
*Chamaecrista rotundifolia (Roundleaf Sensitive Pea)
Callerya pilipes (Northern Wisteria)
Cynometra iripa (Wrinkle Pod Mangrove)
*Delonix regia (Flame of the Forest)
Derris trifoliata (Northern Derris)
Entada rheedii (Matchbox Bean)
Erythrina variegata (Coral Tree)
Erythrina vespertilio
Gastrolobium grandiflorum (Heart-leaf Poison Bush)
Gompholobium nitidum
Hovea longifolia (Long-Leaf Hovea)
Indigofera suffruticosa
Jacksonia thesioides (Jacksonia)
Lysiphyllum hookeri
*Macrotyloma axillare (Perennial Horsegram)
Maniltoa lenticillata (Cascading Bean)
Mucuna gigantea
*Mucuna novo-guineensis (New Guinea Creeper)
Ormosia ormondii (Yellow Bean)
Pongamia pinnata
Sesbania cannabina
Smithia sensitiva (Sensitive Smithia)
Sophora tomentosa (Sea-coast Laburnum)
*Tamarindus indica (Tamarind)
Vigna marina (Beach Pea)
Vandasina retusa

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