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Bossiaea sericea I.Thomps.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Bossiaea sericea I.Thomps. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to c. 2 metres high; stems terete, branchlets with a dense indumentum of straight hairs.

Leaves alternate, 1-foliolate; lamina 2–4 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide; more or less circular, oblate, obcordate, broad-obovate; margins smooth or tuberculate with a pale rim; lower surface evenly sericeous, hairs white.

Flowers 5–7 mm long; pedicels 1–3.5 mm; bracts to 2.2 mm long. Calyx 2–3.5 mm long, hairy throughout or glabrous except for lobes. Petals all similar in length, yellow. Ovary stiptate, hairy 2- or 3-ovulate.

Pods 6–10 mm long with rusty hairs or a mixture of pale and rusty hairs.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Flowering: Flowers from December to January.

Distribution and occurrence: Southern Tablelands of New South Wales from the Kosciusko region to the Brindabella Mountains, and in Victoria from Mt Buffalo to Delegate River.

Grows in heath, shrubland often bordering grasslands. Grows mostly above 800 m above sea level and extends into the alpine zone.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Thompson, I (2012) Muelleria Vol 30(2):119


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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