Common name: Purple Coral Pea, False Sarsaparilla, Waraburra
Hardenbergia violacea (Schneev.) Stearn APNI*
Description: Climbing or prostrate, glabrous subshrub; stems often to 2 m long.
Leaves 1-foliolate, lamina ovate to narrow-lanceolate, 3–10 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, ± leathery, venation prominently reticulate, glabrous; petiole c. 10 mm long, articulated 1 mm from lamina; stipels filiform.
Inflorescences racemose, upper racemes often forming a terminal panicle, 20–30-flowered. Calyx 3–4 mm long. Corolla c. 8 mm long, mostly purple; standard with a yellowish spot; wings on a long yellow claw.
Pod oblong, 20–45 mm long; seeds 6–8, 4–5 mm long.
Flowering: mostly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in a variety of habitats; also cultivated.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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