A specimen of the botany of New Holland/Platylobium formosum

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PLATYLOBIUM formosum.

Orange Flat-Pea.


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DIADELPHIA Decandria. Stamina all connected together.

Gen. Char. Cal. campanulatus, quinquefidus; laciniis duabus supremis maximis, obtusis. Legumen pedicellatum, compressum, dorso alatum, polyspermum.

Cal. campanulate, five-cleft; two upper segments very large and obtuse. Pod on a footstalk, compressed, winged along the back; seeds many.


Spec. Char. P. foliis cordato-ovatis, germine piloso.

Leaves cordato-ovate. Germen hairy.


Syn. Platylobium formosum. Linn. Trans. Vol. II. 350.
Cheilococca apocynifolia. Salisb. Prod. 412.





THIS genus may be found in the Linnæean Transactions along with the preceding, and it is needless to repeat the minute description there given of the species. It will be more useful to give the character of another species very lately received from New Holland, and which we at first considered as a variety of that here figured, but now believe them to be distinct.


PLATYLOBIUM parviflorum.

P. foliis lanceolato-ovatis, germine glabro.

Leaves lanceolato-ovate. Germen smooth.


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THIS agrees with the preceding in habit, but the flowers are smaller and less beautiful; the leaves longer and narrower; the germen quite smooth.

Both these shrubs promise to be extremely ornamental to our greenhouses, as they produce abundance of bloom, and are among the most elegant of all their tribe.


EXPLANATION of TAB. VI. P. formosum.

1. Calyx. 2. Bracteæ. 3. Standard. 4. One of the Wings. 5. Keel. 6. Stamina. 7. Germen. 8. Ripe pod.