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Mirbelia speciosa Sieber ex DC.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Mirbelia speciosa Sieber ex DC. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to c. 1 m high; stems angular, glabrous or silky-pubescent.

Leaves in irregular whorls of 3, narrow-linear, 10–30 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, apex ± obtuse, shortly pungent-pointed, margins revolute, upper surface scarcely reticulate.

Flowers axillary, mostly solitary. Calyx 6–8 mm long, silky-pubescent, teeth acuminate, equal to tube. Corolla 8–12 mm long, bluish purple, often with a yellowish mark near base of standard. Ovary sessile, glabrous; ovules usually 12.

Pods ovoid-oblong, 8–15 mm long, apex acute.


Flower
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Type
Specimen

Flowering: Flowers spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone, north from the Illawarra region, west to near Emmaville.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Bracteoles shorter than calyx tube; leaves mostly 10–20 mm long.subsp. speciosa
Bracteoles longer than calyx tube; leaves 20–30 mm long, sometimes shorter for those subtending flowers.subsp. ringrosei

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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