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Perennial herbs or small shrubs. Leaves digitately 3-foliolate. Inflorescence a raceme or a solitary flower, terminal or leaf-opposed. Standard yellow or white with purplish markings. Anthers elongate; 4 basifixed, 6 attached a little higherStyle nearly straight or pointed downwards. Pod linear-oblong to elliptic, 1-many-seeded.
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Pearsonia is an African plant genus of some 12 species belonging to the family Fabaceae and occurring south of the equator with 1 species found on Madagascar. The species are usually herbs or shrublets with woody rootstocks. Leaves are usually sessile and 3-foliolate. The inflorescence is a congested or lax terminal raceme.[3] The name of this genus commemorates the South African botanist Henry Harold Welch Pearson.


Pearsonia comprises the following species:[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Boatwright JS, le Roux MM, Wink M, Morozova T, Van Wyk B-E. (2008). "Phylogenetic relationships of tribe Crotalarieae (Fabaceae) inferred from DNA sequences and morphology". Syst Bot 33 (4): 752–761. doi:10.1600/036364408786500271. JSTOR 40211942. 
  2. ^ Cardoso D, Pennington RT, de Queiroz LP, Boatwright JS, Van Wyk B-E, Wojciechowski MF, Lavin M. (2013). "Reconstructing the deep-branching relationships of the papilionoid legumes". S Afr J Bot 89: 58–75. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2013.05.001. 
  3. ^ Phillips EP. (1951). The Genera of South African Flowering Plants. Botanical Survey memoir 25 (2 ed.). Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Times Ltd., Govt. Printers. p. 923. 
  4. ^ Campbell-Young GJ, Balkwill K. (2000). "A new species of Pearsonia (Fabaceae) from dolomites in Northern Province, South Africa". Nord J Bot 20 (5): 547–555. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.2000.tb01602.x. 
  5. ^ "ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Pearsonia". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  6. ^ USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Pearsonia". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
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