The Leguminosae is one of the most important plant families. Many species are used as food, green manure or timber. This CD-ROM consists of a detailed information system covering all 212 species of the Mimosoideae, native and cultivated,in the Flora Malesiana region. Based on "Flora Malesiana" by I.C. Nielsen, this work includes over 1600 unique illustrations, full descriptions, information on uses, habitat, ecology, and distribution for each taxon (including genera of the Caesalpinioideae). Identification is facilitated by three types of computer-assisted keys: a digitized key to all mimosoid species (and the caesalpinioid genera) and a pictorial key plus a multi-access key to mimosoids. An innovative diagnostic system allows complex searches on distribution, uses and habitat. An interactive geographic information system presents distribution data. A literature database with 216 references and a hyperlinked illustrated glossary to more than 750 botanical terms are part of the system.