Podalyria Willd.

Commemorating the character Podalyrius of Greek mythology, son of the physician Aesculapius.

Shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, linear to elliptic, densely hairy, margins bent under; stipules narrow and soon shed. Flowers axillary, 1-2 together. Stamens 10, free or shortly united at the base. Fruit a swollen oblong to ovoid pod containing numerous seeds.

Grown for the attractive foliage and fragrant flowers.

25 species from S Africa.

Seed or softwood cuttings.

Leaves simple; stamens free or very shortly united at the base.

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         Podalyria calyptrata (Retz) Willd.
species         Podalyria sericea (Andrews) R.Br.