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Genus Templetonia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs, often with several stems arising from a woody rootstock; branches terete or flat, mostly ridged, occasionally spinescent.

Leaves alternate, mostly simple or reduced to scales, often with a mass of glandular processes in axils; stipules minute, larger and spinescent or absent.

Flowers 1 to several in axils, subtended by a basal bract and a few small scales; bracteoles at or above middle of pedicel. Calyx with upper 2 teeth ± united, broader than other 3 teeth. Standard usually ± circular, clawed, reflexed; wings and keel narrow. Stamens monodelphous, tube split on upper side; anthers alternatively basifixed and dorsifixed. Ovary few- to several-ovuled, glabrous.

Pod compressed; seeds compressed with a small hilum surrounded by a collar-like aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 11 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States.

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Shrubs apparently leafless, leaves reduced to scales2
Shrubs with some leaves3
2Branches distinctly flat, rarely more or less terete, mostly 3–5 mm wide, tips rigid and sharply pointed; calyx teeth 4Templetonia sulcata
Branches terete, mostly 1–3 mm wide, tips blunt, more or less lax; calyx teeth 5
                       Back to 1
Templetonia egena
3Stipules spinescent, recurved, 2–10 mm longTempletonia aculeata
Stipules not spinescent, triangular, c. 1 mm long
                       Back to 1
Templetonia stenophylla

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