Description of the genus
Trees or shrubs. Leaves imparipinnate with 1 (and thus appearing simple) - 15 subopposite leaflets; stipels present at base of leaflet; terminal leaflet sometimes larger than the others. Inflorescence an irregular panicle of numerous flowers. Calyx campanulate with 5 short teeth, the upper pair of which are ± completely united. Corolla white, pink or purplish. Vexillary stamen partially connate with the other 9. Pod flattened, indehiscent, sometimes winged.
Worldwide: 12 species in tropical and S Africa; Madagascar
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
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Other sources of information about Philenoptera:Flora of Zimbabwe
: native/naturalised Philenoptera pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): PhilenopteraFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PhilenopteraGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PhilenopteraIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PhilenopteraKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Philenoptera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=753, retrieved 19 May 2013