Aotus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial woody shrubs; stems terete. Leaves opposite, alternate or in whorls, simple; margins entire, recurved or revolute; petiole short; stipules absent. Flowers axillary, solitary or in clusters, rarely in short terminal racemes; pedicels short; bracts small, ovate, caducous; bracteoles absent. Calyx 5-toothed, upper 2 teeth broader and more or less united into a lip; petals long-clawed; standard almost orbicular, apex slightly emarginate, longer than other petals; wings narrow-oblong; keel incurved; stamens free; ovary villous, shortly stipitate, style filiform, stigma terminal, minute, ovules 2. Pod ovate to obovate, flat or turgid, usually hairy; seeds usually 2, reniform, exarillate.

About 15 species, all endemic to 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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Aotus
Subordinate taxa