Brya ebenus (L.) DC. (syn: Aspalathus ebenus L.);

Fabaceae thorny shrub for id 100111MK2: Please help to id this shrub found in a nursery near Chennai.

Date/Time- 08-01-2011 / 03:10 PM
Location- Place, Altitude, GP Kancheepuram dist., TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Nursery
Plant Habit- thorny shrub
Height/Length- ca. 1 m
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 3 x 1 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- cyme
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- yellow; ca. 1.5cm across; monodelphus
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- single seeded pod; ca. 1 cm long

– I think this could be Brya Ebenus (Jamaican Rain Tree).

– Yes, Brya ebenus. Typically blooms two weeks following first thunderstorms of season in Florida.
Blooms apparently triggered not by moisture but by nitrogen fixation of lightning. Can also be triggered to bloom with shot of nitrogen

Brya ebenus :: Dattaji Salvi Udyan :: 01 MAY 18 : 4 posts by 2 authors. 5 images.
Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane
Date: May 1, 2018 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl
Brya ebenus  (L.) DC.

You are bringing to us, a lot of wonderful plants.

Thank you, …  Looks like more and more exotic plants are getting into Indian gardens !

Yes, you are right.


IDENTITY : 59 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of an ornamental plant in a garden. The plant is spiny and having yellow flowers.
Can somebody identify ?

Seems to be Eutaxia sp.

Please check for Brya species as well (Brya ebenus ?).

Thank you, …,
…, it’s more similar to Breya sp. than Eutaxia; check it once and finalize Species.

According to …, the plant is Brya sp. After going through literature, I am of the view that
the plant is in fact Brya sp. … wanted close up images of the flower. I visited the site today and could not find any flower.

Thanks, …, for the id.
To me also appears close to images at Brya ebenus


BND 60 A, B, C 29/10/2014 : 15 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (3)
Please identify this small ornamental shrub with sulfur yellow flowers borne on leaf axils on long drooping branches. Leaves are sessile, thick and leathery with prominent mid rib. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in March 2013.

Please send a picture showing the flowers clearly  (close up)

I have the same plant … that I have been seeing in tropical areas and last fall I got a few photos …I too would love to know what it is… the flowers remind me of legumes… Attachments (1)

here is another one that shows the fronts of the flowers a little better… 1 image.

Any thing related to Cytisus sp…..?

thank you … flowers have resemblance. thanks for pointing us in the right direction, that’s a start

I may be wrong, but … pictures remind me of a plant I had seen in a Bonsai Exhibition in Mumbai. Blue Braya & Yellow Braya. Had posted for id.

so do you have the link to your submission? was it diagnosed?
Here are the links to the two posts by me & ….
Your flower looked similar to my yellow flower.
 [efloraofindia:183219] Re: Requesting ID of this plant – Mumbai – Jul 2013 :: 27022014 :: ARK-16
Ornamental For ID : BBC Show,MNP,Mumbai : 150613 : AK-1

Based on … note above, I searched…but…I have not found upon exhaustive search terms:  BRAYA, bonsai
BBC bonsai exhibition and braya, blue braya yellow etc etc Neither
Blue and yellow forsythia, Blue and yellow pea tree…(FORSYTHIA because of the weeping habit)
I went back to searching my specimen: pea like flowers on a shrub or a tree
found Caragana …  wiki has a page: en.wikipedia.svg
and my choices boil down to Caragana aurantiaca or Caragana pygmaea
I have not seen any seed pods on the specimen I have seen or photographed in September this year… PLant has that drooping habit that SIVA has shown above.

Many thanks for all your efforts in trying to identify this plant which was introduced to Sri Lanka. Based on the description of leaves and flowers it may probably be Caragana aurantiaca.

Please check with Brya ebenus for this.

Looks different from Caragana aurantiaca as per

I think it may be Brya ebenus as per images and details herein and as per the following:





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