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Platylobium obtusangulum (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Bossiaeeae
Genus: Platylobium
Species: Platylobium obtusangulum

Platylobium obtusangulum Hook., 1833

Platylobium macrocalyx Meisn.
Platylobium obtusangulum var. spinulosum J.H.Willis
Platylobium rotundifolium Colla

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Hooker, W.J. 1833. Curtis’s botanical magazine, comprising the plants of the Royal Gardens of Kew, and of other botanical establishments in Great Britain; with suitable descriptions. Vol. LX [= Vol. VII of the second series.] pp. 3206–3289. Lovell Reeve, London. BHL Reference page. : 60: t. 3258.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Platylobium obtusangulum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Oct 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Platylobium obtusangulum. Published online. Accessed: Oct 28 2020. 2020. Platylobium obtusangulum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Oct 28.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Platylobium obtusangulum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: Common Flat-pea

Platylobium obtusangulum, the common flat-pea, is a shrub that is endemic to Australia. It is a member of the family Fabaceae and of the genus Platylobium.

The species is an erect or straggling shrub that can grow up to 1 metre in height. The leaves are variable in shape and their length ranges from 1 to 3 cm.[1]

The flowers appear in spring. These are yellow with a red centre and are supported by short pedicels that are concealed by a series of overlapping bracts. The pods which follow are 14 to 25 mm in length and 10 to 14 mm in width.[1]

The species was first formally described by botanist William Jackson Hooker in 1833 in Botanical Magazine[2]

This species is found in South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria.

Corrick, M.G. & Fuhrer, B.A. (2001). Wildflowers of Victoria and adjoining areas. Australia: Bloomings Books. ISBN 978-1876473143.
"Platylobium obtusangulum". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2 May 2012.

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