Fabaceae tribe Mirbelieae



Chorizema Labill.(1800), Voy. Rech. Perouse 1, 404, t. 21

27 spp.
Gr. choriso, I separate and nema, filament; refers to the free staminal filaments.
Restricted to Western Australia, except that C. parviflorum occurs along the coast of Queensland and New South Wales.
Sclerophyll communities: eucalypt forest, woodland and heath, mostly on sandy and skeletal soils.
Some species are grown as ornamentals for the attractive flowers, scrambling habit and holly-like leaves.
Revision by J.M.Taylor & Crisp (1992), Austral. Syst. Bot. 5, 249-335; popular account by Crisp & J.M.Taylor (1993), Austral. Pl. 17, 100-126.
Shrubs and subshrubs closely related to Oxylobium and Chorizema within the multiple embyro-sac group; diagnosed by high ovule number (4 or more), keel shorter than the wings and lack of the ovary dissepiment seen in Mirbelia.

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Chorizema aciculare,
Tarin Rock, WA

Chorizema glycinifolium, Stirling Range, WA

Chorizema rhombeum, Cape Legrande, WA

Chorizema parviflorum, the only eastern Australian species

Chorizema dicksonii, south-west WA

Chorizema varium, restricted to coastal limestone near Perth

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