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Caesalpinoideae One of the three subfamilies of the Leguminosae, comprising 162 genera and 2000 species, of mainly tropical and woody plants, many of which are climbers. Leaves are usually pinnate with stipules. Flowers are more or less zygomorphic, with free sepals and petals, and are usually imbricate, the uppermost petal innermost in the bud; usually they have 10 or fewer stamens.