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Amorpha fruticosa-flowers.jpg
Amorpha fruticosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
(unranked): Dalbergioids[1][2][3]
Tribe: Amorpheae
Boriss. 1964 emend. Barneby 1977[4]
Subclades and Genera

See text.

  • Daleeae Hutch.

The tribe Amorpheae is an early-branching monophyletic clade of the flowering plant subfamily Faboideae or Papilionaceae. It is found from Mexico to Argentina.[1] It was recently included in an informal monophyletic clade known as the dalbergioids sensu lato.[1][2][3] This tribe is consistently resolved as monophyletic in molecular phylogenetic analyses.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] It is estimated to have arisen 36.9 ± 3.0 million years ago (in the Eocene).[6] A node-based definition for Amorpheae is: "the MRCA of Psorothamnus arborescens and Eysenhardtia orthocarpa."[6] The tribe exhibits the following morphological synapomorphies: "epidermal glands throughout the plant body; dry, indehiscent fruits that are single-seeded; and terminal inflorescences."[4]

Subclades and genera[edit]


The amorphoids can be distinguished from the daleoids on the basis of their non-papilionaceous flowers.[4]


The daleoids can be distinguished from the amorphoids on the basis of their generally papilionaceous corollas.[4]


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