Spartium

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect, shrubs, unarmed; stems terete, grooved. Leaves alternate, 1-foliolate, often absent; stipules absent. Flowers in a terminal, leafless raceme; bracts caducous; bracteoles minute; calyx spathe-like, split above, irregularly 1-lipped, rarely 2-lipped, shortly 5-toothed; petals yellow; standard ovate; wings oblong; keel oblong, beaked; stamens monadelphous, anthers alternately long and short; ovary sessile, style incurved, stigma capitate, ovules many. Pod linear-oblong, compressed, dehiscent; seeds numerous, arillate.

1 species from the Mediterranean region, naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-05-31
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Spartium
Subordinate taxa