Pigeon pea Cajanus cajan, copyright Tauʻolunga.
Belongs within: Papilionoideae.

The Cajaninae are a group of legumes characterised by the production of distinctive secretory structures such as vesicular glands and/or bulbous-based trichomes. Leaves are trifoliolate in the genera Cajanus and Rhynchosia but unifoliolate in Eriosema. The pigeon pea Cajanus cajan is widely grown as a source of food.

| | |--E. affinis De Wild. 1903H17
| | |--E. antunesii Harms 1917H17
| | |--E. brachybotrys Harms 1917H17
| | |--E. chinenseLK14
| | |--E. diffusumCP13
| | |--E. harmsianaCV06
| | |--E. pentaphyllum Harms 1917H17
| | |--E. stolzii Harms 1917H17
| | |--E. tephrosioides Harms 1917H17
| | |--E. ukingense Harms 1901H17
| | `--E. welwitschiiH17
| `--RhynchosiaCP13
| |--R. australisLK14
| |--R. braunii Harms 1917H17
| |--R. clirorum Moore 1878H17
| |--R. edulisCP13
| |--R. erythrinoidesJ87
| |--R. goetzei Harms 1900H17
| |--R. holstiiH17
| |--R. karaguensis Harms 1917H17
| |--R. kilimandscharica Volkens in Harms 1917H17
| |--R. leptoclada Harms 1917H17
| |--R. manobotrya Harms 1917H17
| |--R. minimaLK14
| |--R. oreophila Harms 1917H17
| |--R. orthobotrya Harms 1917H17
| |--R. pseudoviscosa Harms 1917H17
| |--R. pycnantha Harms 1901H17
| |--R. rostrataLK14
| `--R. viscosaH17
|--C. acutifoliusB00
|--C. cajanCP13
|--C. cinereusLK14
|--C. confertiflorusB00
|--C. geminatusLK14
|--C. hirtopilosusLK14
|--C. indicusR35
|--C. lanceolatusLK14
|--C. latisepalusLK14
|--C. marmoratusLK14
|--C. pubescensB00
|--C. reticulatusB00
| |--C. r. var. reticulatusLK14
| `--C. r. var. grandiflorusLK14
|--C. scarabaeoidesLK14
| |--C. s. var. scarabaeoidesLK14
| `--C. s. var. pedunculatusLK14
`--C. viscidusLK14

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 2. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[CP13] Cardoso, D., R. T. Pennington, L. P. de Queiroz, J. S. Boatwright, B.-E. Van Wyk, M. F. Wojciechowski & M. Lavin. 2013. Reconstructing the deep-branching relationships of the papilionoid legumes. South African Journal of Botany 89: 58–75.

[CV06] Craven, P., & P. Vorster. 2006. Patterns of plant diversity and endemism in Namibia. Bothalia 36 (2): 175–189.

[H17] Harms, H. 1917. Leguminosae africanae. IX. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 54: 379–392.

[J87] Judd, W. S. 1987. Floristic study of Morne La Visite and Pic Macaya National Parks, Haiti. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum—Biological Sciences 32 (1): 1–136.

[LK14] Lyons, M. N., G. J. Keighery, L. A. Gibson & T. Handasyde. 2014. Flora and vegetation communities of selected islands off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 81: 205–244.

[R35] Rayment, T. 1935. A Cluster of Bees: Sixty essays on the life-histories of Australian bees, with specific descriptions of over 100 new species. Endeavour Press: Sydney.

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