PlantNET Home PlantNET Home | Search NSW Flora | Contact Us  
FloraOnline
Introduction
Plant Name Search
Index Search
Spatial Search
Identification Keys
Classification
Glossary
HerbLink (Type Images)
WeedAlert
Other PlantNET Sites
Other Data Sources
NEW SOUTH WALES FLORA ONLINE Printable Page

Genus Mirbelia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves alternate, opposite or often irregularly whorled, simple, entire or with pungent-pointed lobes, margins recurved or revolute; petiole very short; stipules small, bristly, minute or absent.

Inflorescence of axillary or terminal racemes or flowers solitary; flowers sessile or shortly pedunculate; bracts and bracteoles small or absent. Petals clawed; standard circular reniform, emarginate or entire, longer than lower petals; wings oblong; keel broader than the wings and shorter or rarely the same length. Stamens free; anthers uniform. Ovary sessile or stipitate; ovules 2–10 or more; style usually short, incurved; stigma terminal, capitate.

Pod ovoid or oblong, turgid, divided longitudinally into 2 locules by a false septum projecting into the cavity from the lower suture and overlapped by or fused with the projecting placentas; seeds without an aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 20 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Vic., N.T., W.A.

Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves 2–10 mm long, apex with a minute, recurved pointMirbelia oxylobioides
Leaves mostly 10–40 mm long, if less then leaves linear, apex more or less pungent-pointed2
2Leaves narrow-ovate to ovate, 5–15 mm wideMirbelia platylobioides
Leaves linear, occasionally oblong or narrow-ovate, 1–5 mm wide
                       Back to 1
3
3Upper surface of leaves conspicuously reticulateMirbelia rubiifolia
Upper surface of leaves scarcely reticulate, smooth or tuberculate
                       Back to 2
4
4Flowers in terminal racemes or in upper axils; leaves 1.5–3 mm wideMirbelia confertiflora
Flowers axillary, often solitary; leaves c. 1 mm wide
                       Back to 3
5
5Calyx teeth more or less equal to tube; corolla bluish purple; erect shrub to c. 1 m highMirbelia speciosa
Calyx teeth shorter than tube; corolla orange-yellow or orange-red with blue or purple markings; erect or prostrate shrub to 0.5 m high
                       Back to 4
6
6Flowers 5–7 mm long; pods c. 3 mm longMirbelia pungens
Flowers 8–15 mm long; pods c. 6 mm long
                       Back to 5
Mirbelia baueri

  Privacy | Copyright | Disclaimer | About PlantNET | Cite PlantNET