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Genus Chorizema Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs or subshrubs, mostly glabrous.

Leaves usually alternate, rarely opposite or irregularly whorled, simple, entire, occasionally toothed; stipules small, bristly or absent.

Flowers in terminal or rarely axillary racemes; pedicels short; bracteoles 2, caducous. Calyx lobes ± equal, the upper pair broader and united higher up. Petals clawed; standard circular or reniform, longer than the other petals; wings oblong, much longer than keel; keel straight, obtuse or with an erect point. Stamens free. Ovary sessile or stipitate, pubescent; ovules 8 to numerous; style short, incurved with a terminal, often oblique stigma.

Pod ovoid, turgid or compressed; seeds without an aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 18 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W. & SW W.A.

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Chorizema parviflorum

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