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Aeschynomene brevifolia Poir.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Aeschynomene brevifolia Poir. APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading perennial with decumbent or ascending stems, to c. 50 cm high; stems with long spreading or short appressed hairs, or almost glabrous.

Leaves with mostly 5–9 leaflets, usually imparipinnate; leaflets ± obovate, 4–8 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, upper surface glabrous, lower surface sparsely hairy, ± sessile; petiole 3–6 mm long; stipules lanceolate.

Inflorescences mostly 2- or 3-flowered or rarely up to 6; bracts and bracteoles ovate. Calyx 2–3 mm long, sparsely hairy. Corolla c. 6 mm long, yellowish, sometimes with purple streaks.

Lomentum straight or curved, 1–2.5 cm long, c. 3 mm wide, stalk 5–10 mm long; articles 2–6.


Habit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: Flowers spring to autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Not common; recorded in grassy sclerophyll forest, NW of Grafton. Possibly native of Madag.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
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