Common name: Carob, St Johns Bread, Locust-bean
Ceratonia siliqua L. APNI*
Description: Spreading tree to 10 m high, glabrous.
Leaves paripinnate, 4–15 cm long; pinnae 1–6 pairs, obovate to elliptic, 4–7 cm long, 3–4.5 cm wide, apex obtuse or emarginate, glabrous, venation pinnate; petiole 1–4 cm long; petiolules 1–5 mm long.
Racemes axillary on older wood, 2–10 cm long, mostly ± ascending; pedicels 2–5 mm long. Flowers small, reddish. Sepals c. 2 mm long. Filaments 2–4 mm long.
Pod oblong, straight to falcate, 10–25 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide, valves woody and wrinkled at maturity.
Flowering: summer and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated, occasionally naturalized. Native of Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: J.H. Ross (1998)
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