(after Diocles Carytius, said to be second only to Hippocrates among the ancients for his knowledge of plants). Leguminosm. About 16 species of tender shrubby twiners, mostly tropical American, with delicate trifoliolate leaves and blue, violet, scarlet or white fls., sometimes nearly an inch long, and borne in clusters which have been roughly compared to Wistaria. Calyx bell-shaped, 4-cut, 2 lobes shorter and narrower, stan dard wider than long: ovary nearly sessile; pod wide, the upper suture thickened or 2-winged. The following
species is cult. in S. Calif., where it has a moderate
growth, shining foliage, and clusters of 10 or more large fls. of a splendid scarlet.