Common name: Gorse Bitter Pea
Daviesia ulicifolia Andrews APNI*
Description: Divaricate shrub to 2 m high; branchlets spinescent, rarely hispid.
Phyllodes subulate, narrow-elliptic or narrow-ovate, rarely ovate, 5–20 mm long, 0.5–6 mm wide, pungent, apex acute or acuminate, base tapered to rounded, convex with midrib prominent on upper surface; venation obscure.
Racemes umbelliform or shortly racemose, 2–7-flowered on a 0.5–2 mm peduncle, or frequently reduced to 1 flower. Calyx 2.4–3.2 mm long including 0.5–0.8 mm receptacle; teeth equal, acute.
Pod 5–8 mm long, 3.5–5 mm wide.
Flowering: May. to Jan.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, usually in dry sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by M. D. Crisp
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|1||Inflorescence umbellate or shortly racemose.||2|
|Inflorescence 1-flowered, sometimes paired flowers in the axils.||3|
|2||Inflorescence only umbellate with 2–5 flowers; plant not glaucous. Phyllodes lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 4–20 mm long, 1–3 mm wide.||subsp. ulicifolia|
|Inflorescence either umbellate or racemose with 2–7 flowers; plant glaucous. Phyllodes lanceolate to oblong, 8–17.5 mm long, 1.3–2.5 mm wide.|
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|3||Phyllodes narrow-elliptic or lanceolate to linear.||4|
|Phyllodes lanceolate to ± ovate, rarely narrower.|
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|4||Phyllodes 9–20 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, ± linear.||subsp. stenophylla|
|Phyllodes either <9 mm long, or >1 mm wide, narrow-elliptic to lanceolate.|
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|5||Phyllodes convex above with midrib more prominent above than below; standard petal orange (fading to yellow with age); stems often hispid. Phyllodes 5–12 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide. ||subsp. ruscifolia|
|Phyllodes flat to concave above with midrib equal on both surfaces or more prominent below; standard petal yellow; stems always glabrous. Phyllodes 7–20 mm long, 2–5 mm wide.|
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