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Ormocarpum trichocarpum

   (Family: Fabaceae)
   
English: Hairy caterpillar-pod, caterpillar bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: neutral
Biome: Thicket
 
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Flower colours
 
Purple
 
Pink
 
White
 
  Flower info
  Mauve-pink
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Leaves clustered on dwarf spur branchlets, imparipinnate with 7-15 leaflets; leaflets elliptic-oblong, 3-11 mm long, undersurface often with white hairs and densely covered with very small black dots; apex mucronate.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Shrub or small tree. Bark dark brown, fissured, corky; young branches often with white hairs. Leaves clustered on dwarf spur branchlets, imparipinnate with 7-15 leaflets; leaflets elliptic-oblong, 3-11 mm long, undersurface often with white hairs and densely covered with very small black dots; apex mucronate. Flowers in 1-4-flowered clusters, mauve-pink to violet. Fruit a very distinct small pod, densely covered in long, stiff golden hairs, resembling a caterpillar.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
Ecology EDIT
In stony places and on rocky hillsides in hot, dry areas.
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