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Chamaecrista maritima Pedley
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Chamaecrista maritima Pedley APNI*

Description: Prostrate or tufted perennial, less than 15 cm high; stems with sparse crisped hairs.

Leaves with 15–30 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong, 3.3–6.6 mm long, 1–1.6 mm wide, glabrous or with a few hairs on lower surface; petiole 1.5–3 mm long, with sessile elliptic gland 0.3–0.5 mm long; stipules triangular, 2–3 mm long.

Inflorescences supra-axillary, 1–3-flowered; pedicels 0.6–2.5 cm long. Petals ± obovate, 8–10.5 mm long. Stamens 8 or 9; anthers 3–5 mm long. Ovary pubescent.

Pods 3–5 cm long, 3.5–4.5 mm wide, sparsely hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: Grows on grassy windswept headlands and hillsides on a variety of soils north from Port Macquarie district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: L. Pedley (1998)


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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