A taxonomic revision of Flemingia subg. Rhynchosioides based on morphology and molecular information (matK and ITS) is presented. The subgenus comprises six herbaceous taxa (F. gracilis, F. mukerjeeana, F. nilgheriensis, F. rollae, F. tuberosa and F. vestita). All species except F. vestita are endemic to India. Morphological evidence and molecular phylogeny revealed that the subgenus is monophyletic. Nevertheless, the systematic position of F. tuberosa remains unclear on account of its unique ecology and inflorescence. A new species, F. mukerjeeana, is described and four binomials, namely F. gracilis, F. nilgheriensis, F. tuberosa and F. vestita have been lectotypified. Furthermore, all species have been described, illustrated and their ecology discussed. A taxonomic key including the recently described species from Thailand, F. sirindhorniae, is also provided for easy identification

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doi.org/10.3767/blumea.2019.64.03.06
Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants
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Gavade, S.K., Surveswaran, S., van der Maesen, L.J.G., & Lekhak, M.M. (2019). Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny of Flemingia subgenus Rhynchosioides (Leguminosae). Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 64(3), 253–271. doi:10.3767/blumea.2019.64.03.06