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Hovea heterophylla A.Cunn. ex Hook.f.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Hovea heterophylla A.Cunn. ex Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Subshrub mostly to c. 0.5 m high, often multistemmed from base, stems often trailing; indumentum of branchlets, calyces, etc. brown, silvery brown or grey-brown, hairs straight, appressed, antrorse.

Leaves frequently dimorphic, lamina of lower leaves circular to elliptic and of upper leaves very narrow-elliptic to lanceolate or linear, mostly 0.6–6.5 cm long, 1.5–17 mm wide, margins recurved to revolute, apex usually strongly hooked, upper surface glabrous, smooth, finely reticulate with areoles 0.1–0.3 mm diam., lower surface sparsely to densely hairy with appressed hairs; petiole 1.5–3 mm long; stipules 1–2 mm long.

Inflorescences sessile, mostly 1–3-flowered, pedicels 1.5–3 mm long. Calyx 3.5–5 mm long.

Pod indumentum sparse, hairs appressed, glabrescent.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Herbarium
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Type
Specimen

Flowering: Flowers Aug–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland; widespread and common.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

In recent years this species has been included in H. linearis.

Text by I.R. Thompson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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