Common name: Spreading Scurf-pea, Native Verbine
Cullen patens (Lindl.) J.W.Grimes APNI*
Synonyms: Psoralea patens Lindl. APNI*
Psoralea eriantha Benth. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb; stems erect or ascending at first, but always prostrate at maturity, gland-dotted.
Leaves 2–10 cm long, pinnately 3-foliolate; leaflets ± ovate, 1–4 cm long, 7–20 mm wide, margins toothed, upper surface glabrous or grey-pubescent, lower surface usually more densely hairy; petiole 1–4 cm long; stipules 2.5–5 mm long.
Inflorescence rachis 1–9 cm long; peduncle 2.5–14 cm long. Calyx 3–6 mm long, not open in fruit, densely hairy. Corolla 6–8 mm long, pink or blue.
Pods c. 3 mm long, hairy, blackish.
Flowering: Flowers winter–spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandy soils, west of Wellington, chiefly in far western districts.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by G.J. Harden & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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