3601.000 Castanospermum A. Cunn. ex Hook.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

An evergreen tree up to 30 m tall. Leaves usually odd-pinnately compound (terminal leaf may be absent) with 10-15 elliptic-oblong leaflets. Inflorescences comprising racemes which are produced on woody bosses along the trunk and main branches and bearing long, waxy, pea-type flowers that open vivid yellow with green tinges and age to orange-red with stamens that protrude well beyond the petals. Fruit are woody pods that split open releasing 1-5 globose, black seeds. Seeds poisonous when raw but edible when cooked.

Worldwide: Genus of one species only, native to Australia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Castanospermum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Castanospermum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Castanospermum
Wikipedia: Castanospermum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Castanospermum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Castanospermum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Castanospermum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1794, retrieved 13 August 2022

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