Common name: Native Scurf-pea, Native Verbine
Cullen australasicum (Schltdl.) J.W.Grimes APNI*
Synonyms: Psoralea australasica Schltdl. APNI*
Description: Erect much-branched herb or shrub, to 2 m high, often flowering early and appearing annual; stems ± pubescent, glabrescent with age, striate, brown gland-dotted.
Leaves 2–12 cm long, pinnately 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to lanceolate or oblong, mostly 1–5 cm long and 10–30 mm wide, apex rounded, margins shortly toothed, dotted with black glands, upper surface glabrous to sparsely hairy, lower surface ± pubescent, mostly on veins; petiole mostly 1–4 cm long; stipules 2–8 mm long, often recurved.
Inflorescence rachis 2–24 cm long, at first condensed, but becoming interrupted; peduncle 3–20 cm long. Calyx 4–5.5 mm long, hairy. Corolla 5–8 mm long, pink, bluish or purple, persistent in fruit.
Pods 3.5–4.5 mm long, shorter than calyx, black, hairy.
Flowering: Flowers throughout year after rain, but chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in inland regions.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A.
Text by G.J. Harden & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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