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Chamaecrista rotundifolia (Pers.) Greene
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Chamaecrista rotundifolia (Pers.) Greene APNI*

Description: Prostrate annual herb; stems pubescent, with hairs long, straight and shortly curved.

Leaves usually 1–3 cm long, with 1 pair leaflets; leaflets asymmetrically ± circular to broad-ovate, 7–25 mm long, 5–30 mm wide, surfaces glabrous to sparsely hairy, margins sometimes ciliate, apex rounded; petiole 3–4 mm long, gland absent; stipules lanceolate to cordate, to 10 mm long.

Flowers 1 or 2 in axils; pedicels 1.5–4 cm long, and lengthening to 5 cm in fruit. Petals obovate, c. 6 mm long, subequal. Stamens 5; anthers to 2 mm long. Ovary pubescent.

Pods straight, 1.5–4 cm long, 3–5 mm wide; moderately to very sparsely hairy with spreading hairs.


Distribution and occurrence: Grows in riverine forest and on sand dunes, sparingly naturalized in coastal areas; north from the Orara R. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

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

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. rotundifolia

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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