Calicotome

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Medium to tall perennial shrubs; stems well-branched, spinescent. Leaves alternate, palmately trifoliolate, petiolate; stipules absent or small (in Victoria). Flowers borne singly or in clusters, in upper axils or terminal; bracteole broad, tripartite, at apex of pedicels; calyx turbinate, obscurely 5-toothed, membranous, teeth short, apices breaking away as flower opens leaving cup-like remnant; petals yellow; standard ovate, erect, longer than other petals; wings obovate-oblong; keel blunt, incurved; stamens monadelphous, anthers alternately long and short; ovary sessile, style incurved, glabrous, stigma capitate, oblique, ovules 2 or more. Pod narrow linear-oblong, compressed, dehiscent; seeds several, arillate.

2 species, from Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Calicotome
Subordinate taxa