Daviesia Sm.

Bitter Peas

Commemorating Rev. Hugh Davies (1739–1821), a Welsh botanist.

Small trees or large shrubs, the branches sometimes thorn-tipped. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, rigid, thorny or absent, smaller towards the tips of the branches; stipules absent or minute. Flowers solitary or in axillary clusters. Corolla red to orange, brown or yellow, standard broad, about as long as the wings. Stamens free. Ovary hairless, containing 2 ovules. Fruit a triangular, more or less flattened pod.

Grown for the profuse flowers and unusual pods that often colour at maturity. Many natural hybrids are known in the wild.

About 120 species from Australia, mostly from SW WA.

Generally by suckers.

Pods triangular and thus differing from all other native pea genera.

Crisp (1991, 1995a).

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         Daviesia latifolia R.Br.