Aotus (plant)

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.

Golden pea
Aotus ericoides
Aotus ericoides
Scientific classification


See text.


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

  • Aotus carinata Meissner
  • Aotus cordifolia Benth.
  • Aotus ericoides (Vent.) G.Don
  • Aotus genistoides Turcz.
  • Aotus gracillima Meissner
  • Aotus intermedia Meissner
  • Aotus lanigera Benth.
  • Aotus mollis Benth.
  • Aotus passerinoides Meissner
  • Aotus phylicoides Benth.
  • Aotus procumbens Meissner
  • Aotus subglauca Blakeley & McKie
  • Aotus subspinescens (Benth.) Crisp
  • Aotus tietkensii F.Muell.

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status

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.

External links


Aotus (the name is derived from the Ancient Greek words for "earless" in both cases: the monkey is missing external ears, and the pea is missing earlike bracteoles) may refer to:

Aotus (plant), one of the plant genera commonly known as golden peas in the family Fabaceae (bean family)

Aotus (monkey), the genus of night monkeys in the family Aotidae

AOTUS, the acronym for the Archivist of the United States


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