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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Leguminosae
Hovea

Citation: R. Br., in W.T. Aiton, Hort. Kew. edn 2, 4:275 (1812).

Derivation: After A. P. Hove, a Polish collector of plants for the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Low plants with few stems from a woody rootstock, pubescent with simple straight hairs; leaves alternate, linear to oblong-elliptic, apiculate, the margins recurved; stipules minute or absent.

Flowers in axillary clusters or very short racemes; calyx with the upper 2 lobes united in a broad usually notched truncate upper lip, the lower 3 teeth smaller, lanceolate, densely hairy; bracteoles and bracts small; petals blue to purplish, standard with a nearly orbicular notched lamina, wings and keel shorter; stamens united in a sheath open on the upper side; anthers alternately long and basifixed and short and versatile; ovary usually 2-ovulate.

Pod turgid, globular or obliquely ovoid, 8-15 mm long; seeds arillate. 12 species, all Australian.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Leaves lanceolate, tip subacute; pod glabrous or slightly pubescent. H. heterophylla 1
 
1. Leaves ovate-elliptic, tip obtuse; pod tomentose to v. illous
H. longifolia 2.

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