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Genus Platylobium Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs or subshrubs with 1 to several slender stems arising from a woody rootstock.

Leaves mostly opposite, obscurely 1-foliolate, sessile or petiolate; stipules ovate, striate.

Flowers solitary or several together in axils, sessile or pedicellate, subtended by a series of brown, papery scales and bracts; bracteoles 2, at or near apex of pedicel, similar to scales but larger. Calyx pubescent, lower 3 teeth narrow and acute, upper 2 longer, broadly rounded, ± united towards base. Petals clawed; standard circular or reniform; wings oblong-ovate, shorter than standard; keel ± as long as wings. Stamens monodelphous, sheath split on upper side; anthers uniform, dorsifixed. Ovary sessile or stipitate.

Pod compressed, winged along upper suture; seeds several, with a hooded cap-like aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 5 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaflets usually ovate, less than twice the breadth, with a cordate basePlatylobium formosum
leaflets usually narrow-ovate, length more than twice the breadth, base not cordatePlatylobium parviflorum

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