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

Description: Small, procumbent subshrub; stems and branches ≤ 20 cm long, smaller stems ± flat, pubescent.

Leaves alternate, 1-foliolate; lamina variable, ovate to circular or oblong, 3–15 mm long; petiole to c. 5 mm long; stipules 1–2 mm long.

Flowers 6–10 mm long; pedicels 10–20 mm long; bracts few, ≤ 1 mm long; bracteoles 1–3 mm long, inserted below middle of pedicel, caducous. Calyx 3–5 mm long, pubescent. Petals ± equal or keel and wings shorter; standard orange-yellow inside, pinkish brown outside; wings and keel purplish brown. Ovary ± sessile, glabrous or ciliate, c. 8-ovuled.

Pod oblong, 20–30 mm long.


Habit
Photo L. von Richter

Fruit
Photo L. von Richter

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: mostly Sept.–Oct.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in various habitats.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Several specimens from the CC approach the closely related B. buxifolia with some differentiation into many stems and short, lateral branches, smaller leaves, shorter petioles, persistent bracteoles inserted about middle of pedicel and a darker colour on outside of standard.

Text by T. A. James
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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