Common name: Bluebush Pea
Crotalaria eremaea F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 2 m high, glabrous to pubescent.
Leaves 1–3-foliolate; leaflets mostly oblong, terminal leaflet 1.8–4 cm long, laterals if present, usually less than half the length of the terminal one, pubescent; petiole 18–45 mm long, persisting after leaflets fallen; stipules usually minute or absent.
Racemes 8–20 cm long, 15–30-flowered. Calyx c. 5 mm long, pubescent. Corolla mostly 10–12 mm long, yellow; wings ± shorter than keel; keel short and rounded to long and straight, beak slightly incurved.
Pod 15–30 mm long, pubescent; seeds c. 3.5 mm long, yellow.
Flowering: after rain, mostly in summer–autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy soil, chiefly in the far northwest of the division.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A.
Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. eremaea|
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