Common name: cactus bossiaea, cactus pea
Bossiaea walkeri F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Rigid, much-branched shrub to 2 m high, ± glabrous; stems and branches flat and winged, 3–7 mm wide, often with a white, waxy surface.
Leaves reduced to scales c. 2 mm long.
Flowers 20–25 mm long; pedicels ≤ 5 mm long; bracts several, mostly 1–1.5 mm long; bracteoles ≤ 3.5 mm long, readily caducous. Calyx c. 10 mm long. Corolla red; standard much shorter than lower petals; keel c. 20 mm long. Ovary shortly stipitate with some hairs on margins, c. 20-ovuled.
Pod oblong, c. 6 cm long, glabrous, stipe ≤ 10 mm long.
Flowering: spring to early summer and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly grows in mallee communities; west of Nyngan.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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