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Aotus subspinescens (Benth.) Crisp
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Aotus subspinescens (Benth.) Crisp APNI*

Description: A variable shrub to 0.6 m high, branches short, often ending in short spines; stems with hairs usually short and curved.

Leaves in whorls of 3 or more, opposite or alternate, narrow-linear, mostly 5–10 mm long, 1 mm wide, margins revolute, upper surface becoming glabrous, lower surface with scattered long hairs; petiole 1 mm long.

Flowers 1 or 2 in upper leaf axils; bracts c. 1 mm long; pedicels 2–3 mm long. Calyx 4 mm long, villous; teeth acute. Corolla 5–10 mm long; standard yellow and red; keel crimson to purple.

Pod ovoid, 4–6 mm long, turgid, villous.


Illustration
C. Wardrop

Flowering: August–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee communities on sandy dune soils; not common, confined to the Pooncarie-Buronga district.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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