Hardenbergia comptoniana (Andrews) Benth. APNI*
Description: Climbing or prostrate, ± glabrous shrub; stems long, often slender, twinning and vigorous.
Leaves 3- or rarely 5-foliolate, dark green; leaflets 4–6 cm long (sometimes up to 10 cm long), 0.6–3 cm wide, linear-lanceolate to broad-ovate, acuminate, leathery, venation prominently reticulate; petiole 3–5 cm long; stipels linear to ovate.
Inflorescence dense axillary or terminal racemes c. 12 cm long; flowers c. 1 cm diam., mauve to purplish blue (rarely white or pink); standard petals have 2 small white to greenish blotches near base; wing petals obovate.
Pods, narrow-cylindrical, 30–40 mm long, brown; seeds 6–8, c. 6 mm long, ellipsoid.
Flowering: Flowers spring–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Western Australia, widely cultivated in other States, occasionally naturalized.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: W.A.
Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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