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Hovea pannosa. Rusty Hovea.
Class and Order.
Cal. bilabiatus, labio super. semibifido, lato, retuso, inf. tripartito. Carina obtusa. Stam. omnia connexa, aut decimo superne plus minus libero. Legumen sessile, subrotundum, ventricosum, despermum. Semina strophiolata. D C.
Specific Character and Synonyms.
Hovea pannosa. foliis lineari-oblongis obtusis glabris nitidis subtus ramis leguminibusque ferrugineo-tomentosis.
Hovea pannosa. Cunningham MSS. apud Hort. Reg. Kew.
Descr. Stem erect, rigid, branched, branches clothed with a dense, ferruginous tomentum. Leaves linear-oblong, obtuse, coriaceous, entire, glabrous, dark green and smooth above, with a depressed midrib, below clothed with a dense rusty-coloured down, and marked with a prominent midrib. At the base is a short, downy, petiole; at the point a small tuft of hairs. Stipules linear, very downy. Flowers produced in axils of the leaves, two or three from each of the upper leaves, on downy, short stalks, with a linear-subulate bractea at their base. Calyx very downy, and rusty coloured, two lipped; upper lip arched, obtuse, bifid, lower of three linear segments. Standard of the corolla broad, purple, with a broad, obcordate, pale spot just above
- Named by Mr. Brown, in compliment to A. P. Hove, a Polish Botanist.