CAESALPINIACEAE - Caesalpinia Family

Trees or shrubs, some spiny

Leaves usually pinnate or bipinnate, alternate

Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, sometimes almost actinomorphic, standard inside wings, stamens often all not alike, in a variety of inflorescences

Fruit a legume, often winged

150 genera, 2200 species, mostly tropical and subtropical

Gleditsia - Honey Locust
Cercis - Redbud
Parkinsonia - Palo Verde

Economic importance: drugs, dyes, timber, and ornamentals

Diagnostic characteristics: zygomorphic corolla, arrangement of standard and wings, pinnate or bipinnate leaves