Common name: Bird-of-Paradise Shrub
Caesalpinia gilliesii (Wall. ex Hook.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Straggling shrub 3–5 m high, glandular-pubescent, prickles absent.
Leaves 10–25 cm long; pinnae 7–14 pairs, 10–30 cm long; pinnules 7–11 pairs, mostly elliptic to oblong, 4–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex obtuse, ± glabrous; petiole 10–30 mm long; stipules ovate, to 5 mm long, persistent.
Racemes terminal, to 15 cm long; pedicels 15–35 mm long. Sepals shorter than petals, glandular-pubescent. Petals 20–25 mm long, yellow. Stamens 7–12 cm long; filaments scarlet.
Pod oblong, flat, 6–10 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, ± pubescent, dehiscent; seeds 4–8, ovate.
Flowering: summer and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as an ornamental, occasionally naturalized. Native of S Amer.
Other Australian states: *N.T.
Text by B. Wiecek & S. McCune
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1998)
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