Ononis fruticosa L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Ononis fruticosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ononis/ononis-fruticosa/). Accessed 2020-12-03.

Genus

Glossary

panicle
A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.
stipule
An outgrowth arising at the base of the petiole. Often paired. May be foliose or spinose caducous or persistent. stipulate Bearing stipules.
trifoliolate
With three leaflets.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Ononis fruticosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ononis/ononis-fruticosa/). Accessed 2020-12-03.

A deciduous shrub of spreading habit, 2 or 3 ft high, with pale, crooked branchlets. Leaves trifoliolate, short-stalked, clasping the stem by the stipule at the base; the stipule is terminated by four slender teeth – two long and two short; leaflets narrowly obovate, 12 to 1 in. long, 18 to 14 in. wide, not downy, but wrinkled, unevenly toothed, all stalkless. Flowers 34 in. long, pale pinkish purple, borne (usually three on a stalk) on a short terminal panicle 2 to 3 in. long. Pods 34 to 1 in. long, stout, covered with bristly hairs, and containing two to five seeds. Bot. Mag., t. 317.

Native of S. Europe, especially in the Dauphiné Alps; also of N. Africa; known in our gardens since 1680. It flowers from June to August, and should only be propagated by seeds, which it ripens in plenty. Well distinguished from the other two by the shape of the leaflets, and by all three of them being stalkless.