Common name: Spiny Bossiaea
Bossiaea obcordata (Vent.) Druce APNI*
Description: Rigid shrub to 2 m high, branches spinescent, ± flat, pubescent, at least when young.
Leaves alternate, 1-foliolate; lamina obovate to obcordate, mostly 3–6 mm long, ± glabrous, venation conspicuous; stipules 1–2 mm long, ± triangular.
Flowers mostly 8–10 mm long; pedicels < 5 mm long; bracts few, ≤ 1 mm long; bracteoles ≤ 2 mm long, inserted on lower half of pedicel, caducous. Calyx 3–5 mm long. Petals ± equal, all yellow or keel and base of other petals purplish brown. Ovary ± sessile, glabrous, c. 4-ovuled.
Pod obliquely ovate to obovate, 1–2 cm long.
Flowering: mostly Sept.–Oct.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in dry sclerophyll forest and heath, often on sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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