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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Desmodieae
Subtribe: Desmodiinae
Genus: Nephrodesmus

Nephrodesmus is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. It belongs to the subfamily Faboideae. It contains c. 5 species, all endemic to New Caledonia.[1] Its closest relatives is Arthroclianthus, also endemic to New Caledonia[2] and their distinction has been challenged[3].


  1. ^ Morat, P., T. Jaffré, F. Tronchet, J. Munzinger, Y. Pillon, J. M. Veillon, and M. Chalopin (2012). The taxonomic reference base Florical and characteristics of the native vascular flora of New Caledonia. Adansonia 34 (2): 179–221.
  2. ^ Egan, Ashley N., Mohammad Vatanparast, and William Cagle. (2016) Parsing Polyphyletic Pueraria: Delimiting Distinct Evolutionary Lineages through Phylogeny.” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 104: 44–59. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.08.001.
  3. ^ Jabbour, F., Gaudeul, M., Lambourdière, J., Ramstein, G., Hassanin, A., Labat, J. N., & Sarthou, C. (2018). Phylogeny, biogeography and character evolution in the tribe Desmodieae (Fabaceae: Papilionoideae), with special emphasis on the New Caledonian endemic genera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 118:108-121