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Carmichaelia exsul F.Muell.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Carmichaelia exsul F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Broom-like shrub, 1–3.5 m tall. Adult shoots leafless, flattened, ridged, speading and drooping.

Leaves present on juvenile shoots, imparipinnate; leaflets 3–5, oblong to obovate, 0.7–2(-3) cm long, 0.4–1.5(-2.5) cm wide, apically rounded, emarginate.

Inflorescence a 2–5-flowered raceme. Calyx c. 2.5 mm long; teeth c. 0.5 mm long. Corolla white with purple markings; standard 6–7 mm long; wings and keel 4–5 mm long.

Pods ellipsoidal, flattend, 10–12 mm long, with thickened margins and persistent style; dehiscing by 2 valves falling away, leaving seed attached to replum. Seeds 1–2, 3 mm long, pale orange.


Flowering: November–January

Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island

On basalt ledges and scree slopes, in low scrub, on mountains above 400 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: LHI

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
AVH map***

This description collated from Green (1994) and herbarium specimens

Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: Green (1994)


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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