Virgilia Lam.


Commemorating the Roman poet,Virgil (70–19BC).

Evergreen trees with rough or smooth bark. Leaves alternate, compound, with a terminal leaflet, the leaflets with short, sharp points. Flowers in axillary clusters, prolific. Calyx with upper 2 lobes bent backwards. Standard bent back; stamens 10, united to form a tube. Fruit pod flattened, hairy, leathery and 2-valved; seeds ovoid, black.

Recent revision of this genus recognises two species, V. divaricata and V. oroboides (which has two subspecies). V. oroboides has mature leaflets that are densely soft-hairy below, while those of V. divaricata are soon hairless or with hairs on the midrib below only.

2 species from the Cape of S Africa.

Seed (treated), sometimes reaching full size in about 5 years.

Trees with violet to pink flowers and odd-pinnate leaves; stamens in a tube; 2 upper calyx lobes bent back.

van Wyk (1986).

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         Virgilia oroboides (Berg.) Salter