Common name: Tagasaste, Tree Lucerne
Chamaecytisus palmensis (Christ) F.A.Bisby & K.W.Nicholls APNI*
Synonyms: Cytisus prolifer APNI*
Chamaecytisus proliferus (L.f.) Link APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 4 m high, branches pendulous, softly hairy.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets narrow-elliptic, 10–45 mm long, 4–13 mm wide, apex mucronate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface sparsely hairy.
Flowers in terminal umbels; pedicels 7–20 mm long; bract and bracteoles linear. Calyx 9–10 mm long, villous, tube c. 5 mm long, teeth fused for most of their length. Corolla cream to white; standard 14–17 mm long; wings and keel almost as long as standard.
Pod sessile, greenish to brown, flat, 40–50 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, densely pilose; seeds c. 10 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated; often naturalized, especially around old habitations. Native of Canary Is.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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