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Common name: Rusty Pods
Hovea longifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub up to 3 m tall. Indumentum of branchlets, petiole, stipules, pedicel, abaxial surfaces of bract and bracteoles and external surface of calyx dense, brown to grey, sometimes partly black, hairs curled to ± straight, appressed, divergent or spreading.
Leaves lorate to linear, 2–8.5 cm long, 2–9 mm wide almost flat to moderately arched each side of a shallowly recessed midrib, base obtuse to acute, margins recurved to revolute, apex rounded to subacute, mucro short; upper surface green, glossy, glabrous, smooth, venation indistinct; lower surface mostly to completely obscured by a close, golden-brown indumentum, hairs curled, midrib indumentum dense, dark orange-brown. Stipules narrow-ovate to subulate, 1–1.5 mm long, often caducous. Petiole 2.5–4 mm long.
Flowers 1–3 in sessile clusters or short racemes, pedicels of varying length. Standard twice as long as calyx, blue with darker veins and a central yellow blotch, wings and keel shorter. Ovary sessile, pubescent, ovules 2.
Pod obliquely globose or ovoid, 10–15 mm long; seeds c. 3 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows along shaded creek slopes and banks, chiefly from Narooma to Judge Dowlings Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Conservative taxonomic treatments of eastern forms in the past have resulted in the name H. longifolia historically being applied to the majority of the species described in this treatment.
Text by I.R. Thompson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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