Psoralea BracteataOval-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, 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.