Tuba Derris elliptica, copyright Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz.

Belongs within: Papilionoideae.
Contains: Tephrosia.

The Millettieae are a predominantly tropical group of legumes of which most species are woody with conspicuously banded parenchyma, flowers bearing fused keel petals, and seeds containing non-protein amino acids. Roots and stems of a number of species, including the tuba plant Derris elliptica, contain the toxic compound rotenone, used in some parts of the world as insecticide or fish poison.

<==Millettieae CP13
    |--+--‘Millettia’ grandis CP13
    |  `--+--Philenoptera eriocalyx CP13
    |     `--Leptoderris CP13
    |          |--L. brachyptera CP13
    |          `--L. fasciculata DP72
    `--+--Ophrestia radicosa CP13
       `--+--+--Apurimacia dolichocarpa CP13
          |  `--+--Tephrosia CP13
          |     `--+--Mundulea sericea CP13
          |        `--Ptycholobium biflorum CP13
          `--+--Piscidia piscipula CP13
             `--+--+--Brachypterum robustum CP13
                |  `--Fordia splendidissima CP13
                `--+--+--Lonchocarpus CP13
                   |  |    |--L. blackii CGW91
                   |  |    `--L. lanceolatus CP13
                   |  `--+--Deguelia dasycalyx CP13
                   |     `--Muellera campestris CP13
                   `--+--+--Pongamiopsis amygdalina CP13
                      |  |--Neodunnia richardiana CP13
                      |  `--Millettia CP13
                      |       |--M. auriculata P03
                      |       |--M. megasperma B00
                      |       |--M. nieuwenhuisii K03
                      |       |--M. peguensis Ali 1968 [incl. M. ovalifolia Kurz 1873 non W. & A. 1834] SY72
                      |       |--M. sericea B88
                      |       `--M. thonningii CP13
                      `--+--Paraderris elliptica CP13
                         `--Derris CP13
                              |--D. elliptica B88
                              |--D. heterophylla [incl. D. uliginosa] P88
                              |--D. indica P03
                              |--D. laxiflora CP13
                              |--D. malaccensis P88
                              `--D. trifoliata B00

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B88] Bouček, Z. 1988. Australasian Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera): A biosystematic revision of genera of fourteen families, with a reclassification of species. CAB International: Wallingford (UK).

[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 1. 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.

[CGW91] Carver, M., G. F. Gross & T. E. Woodward. 1991. Hemiptera (bugs, leafhoppers, cicadas, aphids, scale insects etc.) In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers vol. 1 pp. 429–509. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[DP72] Deighton, F. C., & K. A. Pirozynski. 1972. Microfungi. V. More hyperparasitic hyphomycetes. Mycological Papers 128: 1–110.

[K03] Kulip, J. 2003. An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal and other useful plants of Muruts in Sabah, Malaysia. Telopea 10 (1): 81–98.

[P03] Paul, T. K. 2003. Botanical observations on the Purulia pumped storage hydropower project area, Bagmundi Hills, Purulia district, West Bengal. Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 45: 121–142.

[P88] Polunin, I. 1988. Plants and Flowers of Malaysia. Times Editions: Singapore.

[SY72] Shah, G. L., & D. V. Yogi. 1972. Nomenclatural changes in some Bombay plants—IV. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 69 (2): 444–449.

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