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Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Dalbergieae
Genus: Amicia
Species: Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris DC., 1825

Hedysarum grandiflorum Sessé & Moc.
Zygomeris flava DC.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

De Candolle, A.P. 1825. Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis, sive enumeratio contracta ordinum, generum, specierumque plantarum huc usque cognitarum, juxta methodi naturalis normas digesta. Pars 2: Sistens Calyciflorarum ordines X. 644 pp. Treuttel et Würtz, Parisiis [Paris]. BHL Reference page. : 2:315.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Amicia zygomeris in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Nov 06. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Amicia zygomeris. Published online. Accessed: Nov 06 2020. 2020. Amicia zygomeris. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Nov 06.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Amicia zygomeris in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names

Amicia zygomeris, the yoke-leaved amicia, is a woody plant in the legume family Fabaceae, native to Mexico. Grown as an ornamental plant, it is said to be hardy down to −10 °C (14 °F)[1][2]


Amicia was named for Jean Baptiste Amici (1786-1863), an Italian physicist.[3] Zygomeris is derived from Greek, meaning 'with twinned parts’.[3]

Amicia zygomeris is a vigorous, erect, medium-sized shrub. Its stems, which are usually herbaceous, are hollow, downy and greenish. It has pinnate leaves that arise from leafy, inflated, purplish stipules. The leaves have four leaflets, which are obovate and notched. The flowers are borne in autumn, in short racemes arising from the axils; they are yellow with purple flecks.[4]


"Amicia zygomeris", Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), retrieved 2015-07-24
"Amicia zygomeris : yoke-leaved amicia", RHS Plants, Royal Horticultural Society, retrieved 2015-07-24
Gledhill, David (2008), The Names of Plants, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback), pp 45, 412
Hillier Nurseries (1998), The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs (Pocket Edition) (6 ed.), David & Charles, p. 44, ISBN 0-7153-0808-4

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