1. Branchlet with flowering and leafy shoots. Pea-flower shaped (»papilionaceous«) flowers open in pendulous terminal racemes. Odd-pinnate compound leaves with short petioluled leaflets. - 2. Shoot with ripe pods (f) and pendulous leaflets (B) during night. Fruits are many-seeded flat pods. - 3. Ripe seed as seen from two aspects. - 4. Seedling with cotyledons (c) and first ordinary leaves. - 5. Winter-branchlet - terminal bud is missing. Buds are small, naked, hidden inside the leaf scars and typically located between two modified spiny stipules. After Hempel & Wilhelm, 1889. Photos and explanations from the book: Zelimir Borzan. "Tree and Shrub Names in Latin, Croatian, English, and German, with synonyms", University of Zagreb, 2001.
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