Aotus (plant)

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Golden pea
Aotus ericoides.jpg
Aotus ericoides
Scientific classification


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Aotus is an Australian genus of flowering plants, within the legume family Fabaceae. Aotus species, together with other species of the tribe Mirbelieae, are often called golden peas because of their distinctive small yellow flowers. They are endemic to Australia, occurring in all states except the Northern Territory. Aotus are evergreen species. Some are widely cultivated by gardeners for their ornamental value.


Aotus comprises the following species:[1][2][3]

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status[edit]

The status of the following species is unresolved:[2][3]

  • Aotus coccinea Dum.Cours.
  • Aotus diffusa C.A. Gardner
  • Aotus dillwynioides Meisn.
  • Aotus drummondii T.Moore
  • Aotus franklandii Chappill & C.F.Wilkins
  • Aotus gracilis Loudon
  • Aotus lanea Chappill & C.F.Wilkins
  • Aotus preissii Meisn.
    • var. leiophylla (Meisn.) Meisn.
    • var. preissii Meisn.
  • Aotus prosacris Chappill & C.F.Wilkins
  • Aotus virgata Sieber ex DC.
  • Aotus wuerthii Regel


  1. ^ "ILDIS LegumeWeb entry for Aotus". International Legume Database & Information Service. Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b USDA; ARS; National Genetic Resources Program. "GRIN species records of Aotus". Germplasm Resources Information Network—(GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Plant List entry for Aotus". The Plant List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2017.

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