Bossiaea Vent.

Water Bush

Commemorating Bossieu de la Martinière (d. 1788), 18th century French botanist.

Shrubs with stems and branches either flattened to form cladodes, or cylindrical and green with reduced leaves. Leaves alternate or opposite, scale-like, simple or of 1 short-stalked leaflet; stipules minute. Flowers 1-few, axillary. Sepals with upper 2 fused. Petals mostly orange to yellow, often with dark red to purplish markings. Stamens fused into a tube or sheath that is split on the upper side, anthers attached to filaments in the middle. Fruit pod generally flattened.

Grown for the unusual rich displays of flowers.

About 50 species endemic to Australia and found in all states except the NT.

Seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.

Stems and branches sometimes modified into cladodes.

Lee &Thompson (1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Bossiaea cordigera Hook.f.
species         Bossiaea dentata (R.Br.) Benth.
species         Bossiaea obcordata (Vent.) Druce
species         Bossiaea prostrata R.Br.