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(family Fabaceae, subfamily Papilionatae)

A genus of small, quick-growing, soft-wooded trees which have spiny branches, and leaves with a few big leaflets. The flowers are large and showy, and are bird-pollinated. They are grown as ornamentals and make good living fences. There are 108 species, occurring in tropical and subtropical, mainly seasonal climates.

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