Chamaecytisus proliferus

This Canary Island plant has grown into an attractive small tree in our Oceanic Islands display which explores how archipelagos can be seen as laboratories for studying evolution: as species apread from island to island, different genetic advantages in particular niche environments are selected.
Chamaecytisus proliferus is in the Fabacae (pea) family. The pinnate leaves arise along the arching branches on short stalks and consist of a fan of three leaflets, all silver edged. The fresh white silky flowers unfurl from downy pinkish moleskin calyces.

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