Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Alysicarpus vaginalis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Fabaceae -- The Pea Family Bibliography
      Alysicarpus vaginalis
General Information
DistributionA variable species native to the Paleotropics.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Erect or spreading to prostrate perennial herbs; stems 10-60 cm long.
Leaflets broadly to narrowly oblong-elliptic, sometimes a few of them lanceolate, 1-6.5 cm long, 0.3-2(-2.6) cm wide, gradually more bract-like toward apex of branches.
Flowers subsessile, in leaf-opposed inflorescences up to 10 cm long; calyx persistent in fruit, the teeth narrowly deltate, 3-4 mm long; corolla orange or reddish to purple, ca. 6 mm long.
Pods 1.2-2.5 cm long, reticulate-veined, breaking into 4-7 articles, with slightly raised borders between the articles, each article 2.5-3 mm long, puberulent with uncinate hairs.
Seeds brown to yellowish, ca. 15 mm long.
2n = 16, 20