Common name: Sword Bossiaea
Bossiaea ensata Sieber ex DC. APNI*
Description: Erect or procumbent shrub to 1.5 m high, ± glabrous; branches flat, winged, 3–10 mm wide.
Leaves develop on juvenile growth or regrowth, mostly reduced to scales 1–2 mm long.
Flowers mostly 6–10 mm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long; bracts few c. 1–2 mm long; bracteoles 1–1.5 mm long, inserted at or below middle of pedicel. Calyx 3–4 mm long. Petals of unequal length; standard longer than lower petals, orange-yellow inside, red outside; keel shortest, red. Ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous, 6–8-ovuled.
Pod oblong, 2.5–4 cm long; stipe c. 4 mm long.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandy soils, commonly in heath; north from Batemans Bay district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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