Common name: Cancer Bush, Bladder Senna
Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning APNI*
Synonyms: Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 1 m high with appressed hairs, stems ribbed, white-hairy.
Leaves 6–9 cm long; leaflets 7–25, elliptic to oblong, 3–15 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, apex truncate or emarginate, upper surface mostly glabrous, lower surface hairy; stipules c. 2 mm long.
Racemes 5–40 mm long, 2–8-flowered; pedicels c. 5 mm long; bracts ± triangular, 1–2 mm long; bracteoles 1 mm long. Calyx 6–9 mm long, teeth shorter than tube. Corolla red; standard oblong, 20–25 mm long; wings 7–9 mm long; keel 25–40 mm long.
Pod ovoid, inflated, 3–5 cm long, 1–2 cm wide; seeds to 15, reniform, 2–3 mm long, green.
Flowering: Flowers winter–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Chiefly naturalized in western districts. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *W.A. *S.A.
Text by C. Gardner (1991)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991) as Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) R.Br.
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