Carmichaelia petriei T. Kirk

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

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'Carmichaelia petriei' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/carmichaelia/carmichaelia-petriei/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
terete
Like a slender tapering cylinder.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Carmichaelia petriei' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/carmichaelia/carmichaelia-petriei/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

A shrub described as stout, sparingly branched and from 2 to 6 ft high in a wild state. Young shoots without down, faintly ribbed, slightly flattened, but becoming almost round (terete) after the first year. Flowers 16 in. long, violet-purple, fragrant, produced in June and July, three to eight together on racemes 12 to 1 in. long; calyx and flower-stalks silky-downy, the former with short triangular teeth. Pod 14 to 25 in. long, stout, with usually two or three seeds.

Native of the South Island of New Zealand, up to 1,000 ft altitude. Its distinctive characters are in the round (not flattened) branches, short thick pod, and often thickly clustered downy racemes. It is not in cultivation at Kew, but is reputed to be fairly hardy.