• WordNet 3.6
    • n Viminaria one species: Australian leafless shrubs: swamp oak
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n viminaria A genus of leguminous plants. of the tribe Podalyrieæ. It is characterized by a slightly live-toothed calyx, ample banner-petal, connate keel-petals, an ovoid indehiscent pod, and commonly a solitary seed with a small strophiole. It is peculiar in the absence of leaves, which are represented only by filiform elongated petioles (rarely bearing from one to three small leaflets), and adding to the broom-like effect of the elongated slender branches. The only species, V. denudata, is a native of Australia, there known as swamp-oak and as swamp- or rush-broom; its flowers are small, orange-yellow, borne in terminal racemes.
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