1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume XIII

Psoralea Bracteata

Oval-Spiked Psoralea
Class and Order
Diadelphia Decagynia
Generic Character
Cal. punctis callosis adspersus longitudine leguminis monspermi.
Specific Character and Synonyms
PSORALEA bracteata foliis ternatis obovatis recurvato-mucronatis, mucronatis, spicis ovatis. Linn. Mant. 264. Berg. Cap. 224. Ait. Kew. v. 3. p. 79
TRIFOLIUM fruticans. Linn. Sp. Pl. ed. 3. p. 1085
TRIFOLIUM africanum fruticans flore purpurascente. Comm. Hort. 2. p. 211. t. 106.

The old authors, and indeed Linnæus himself at first, regarded this plant as a Trifolium; afterwards the latter changed it to Psoralea, and minutely described it in his Mantissa.

As a green-house plant, this small and delicate species has long been cultivated[1], and still continues to hold a place in all collections of note.

Its inflorence to us has more the appearance of a capitulum than a spike, and which when the plant is in full bloom, is by no means ovate, but rather hemispherical; the purple colour of the vexillum, contrasted with the white of the alæ, gives to the flowers a very pleasing parti-coloured appearance.

In its leaves we have a good example of the folium mucronatum.

It is a native of the Cape, flowers in June and July, and is usually propagated by cuttings.

446Psoralea Bracteata
Psoralea Bracteata
Oval-Spiked Psoralea