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Bossiaea cinerea R.Br.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Bossiaea cinerea R.Br. APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading shrub to 1 m high; stems terete with spreading hairs.

Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, 1-foliolate, ± sessile; lamina triangular to ovate or lanceolate, 5–20 mm long, apex pungent, margins recurved to revolute, lower surface sparsely hairy; stipules c. 2 mm long, reddish.

Flowers 7–12 mm long; pedicels 5–20 mm long; bracts ovate < 1 mm long; bracteoles ≤ 1 mm long, inserted on upper part of pedicel, persistent. Calyx 3–5 mm long. Petals unequal; standard red outside, orange inside and larger than orange wings and red keel. Ovary stipitate, glabrous, c. 4-ovuled.

Pod ovate to oblong, 10–20 mm long.


Photo © ANBG

Herbarium
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Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal sandy heath and sclerophyll forest; south from the Bega district.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


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