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Genus Eutaxia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves opposite, decussate, entire, concave or the margins involute; stipules minute or absent.

Flowers axillary, solitary or several together, sometimes crowded at the ends of the branches; bracts small, caducous or absent; bracteoles distal on pedicels. Calyx 5-toothed, the upper 2 ± united into a lip. Petals long-clawed; standard longest, circular, wings oblong, keel almost straight, obtuse. Stamens free. Ovary narrowed at base or stipitate, pubescent or rarely glabrous; ovules 2; style filiform and incurved or thicker and hooked near the apex; stigma small, terminal.

Pod ovoid, flattened or turgid; seeds with an aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 8 or 9 species, endemic Australia. Australia: chiefly SW W.A., 1 or 2 species Qld, N.S.W., Vic., S.A., W.A.

Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves linear to linear-oblong, usually 1.5–2.5 mm long (rarely more than 5 mm), to 1 mm wide, apex obtuse, flat to slightly concave; flowers yellow-orange, standard streaked purple or with red veinsEutaxia microphylla
Leaves obovate to ovate or rhombic, 3–7 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex subacute, concave, more or less keeled; flowers pale yellow, lacking obvious red veinsEutaxia diffusa

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