Reports of nodulation in the Leguminosae are examined in the light of
current views on the taxonomy of the family. In the subfamily
Caesalpinioideae, nodulation is largely restricted to the tribe
Caesalpinieae and the genus Chamaecrista from the Cassieae. All nodules
studied have rhizobia retained within infection threads during the
nitrogen fixing period.
In the Mimosoideae, nodulation is general, except for 4 groups within
the tribe Mimoseae, and a very few species of Acacia. The only tribe
from the Papilionoideae which appears not to nodulate is the
Dipterygeae, although the monogeneric Euchresteae has not been examined.
A number of genera in the Swartzieae do not nodulate. Taking tile family
as a whole, nodulation appears to be very uniform – certain sections
nodulate, others do not.
Faria, S.M.De.; Lewis, G.P.; Sprent, J.I.; Sutherland, J.M. Occurrence of nodulation in the Leguminosae. New Phytologist (1989) 111 (4) 607-619. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1989.tb02354.x]