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Platylobium (1803-1808?) by Lewin.jpg
Platylobium Watercolour (1803–1808?) by John Lewin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
(unranked): Mirbelioids
Genus: Platylobium

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Platylobium is a genus of shrubs in the Fabaceae family. Native to south eastern Australia, they occur in a range of habitats of the coastal regions. The genus was first described by James Edward Smith,[1] and is closely allied to Bossiaea, another genus within the Mirbelioids.

The plants within this and other genera of the Mirbelioids are well known. They often have a common name that alludes to the oblongate pod described in the binary name—such as 'flat pea'—or by its exhibition of a yellow, orange, and pinky-red fluorescence—'eggs and bacon' peas. Papery dark brown scales support the banner of the pea's flower, this completes the semblance to a cooked breakfast. These flowers are displayed on rambling branches, sometimes as a short shrub, often extending prostrate. They range inland in coastal regions Southern and Eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

Platylobium is found to have a distinct wing on the pod, this distinguishes the genus from that of Bossiaea. Examination of the ovate leaves, distinction in the brown papery parts near the bract and diversion in the form of various parts will allow identification of the two species described below.


Platylobium comprises the following species:[2][3][4][5]

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status[edit]

The status of the following species is unresolved:[4][5]


  1. ^ Linn. Trans. Vol. II. 350.
  2. ^ "ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Platylobium". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Platylobium". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "The Plant List entry for Platylobium". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Platylobium". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

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