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Plant Species of the genus Brachysema

Information about this genus
Name: Brachysema
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Most species grow under a range of soil and climatic conditions; a sunny, free-draining soil will suit most. Limited periods of dry soils can be tolerated. Fertilizers high in phosphorus should be avoided as these can kill or injure these plants. Most species respond well to pruning after flowering. Propagate from seed, which has a hard seed coat and needs treatment; cuttings of firm new growth will strike easily. Propagation can also be by layering.
Description: This genus in the Fabaceae family consists of around 16 species, which occur mainly in Western Australia, often on sandy infertile soils, with around 3 species from northern Australia. They are mostly small shrubs or prostrate creepers with opposite or alternate simple leaves, or with leaves reduced to small scales on flattened stems. The flowers are pea-shaped and mainly red in color, although some can be cream, yellow-green or blackish, and are attractive to nectar-feeding birds. The prostrate species make useful ground covers.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Brachysema celsianum 9-11

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