clianthus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clianthus any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Clianthus having compound leaves and pea-like red flowers in drooping racemes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clianthus A genus of leguminous plants, of two species, found in Australasia and New Zealand, and cultivated as hothouse-and garden-plants, generally under the name of glory-pea. They are shrubs, with large handsome flowers in racemes. The C. puniceus is a very elegant plant with crimson flowers, attaining a height of 8 or 10 feet. It is a native of New Zealand, where it is called parrot's-bill, from the form of the keeled petal.
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Usage

In literature:

Dampier discovered a beautiful flower of the pea family known as the Clianthus Dampierii.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
On our return we saw that beautiful flower the Clianthus formosa, in splendid blossom on the plains.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
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