Common name: Netted Shaggy Pea
Podolobium scandens (Sm.) DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Oxylobium scandens (Sm.) Benth. APNI*
Podolobium scandens var. obcordatum APNI*
Oxylobium scandens var. scandens APNI*
Oxylobium scandens var. obovatum (A.Gray) Benth. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to trailing shrub, branches often reaching 60 cm long; inflorescence and young parts pubescent.
Leaves usually opposite, obovate or ovate to elliptic, 1–7 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, apex acute, obtuse or emarginate, margins ± crenulate, upper surface reticulate and shining, lower surface with a few scattered hairs; stipules bristly, 2–3 mm long.
Racemes terminal or axillary, ± exserted beyond leaves; bracts acuminate-lanceolate, bracteoles subulate-lanceolate. Calyx 4–5 mm long, ± appressed-pubescent. Corolla c. 10 mm long, pale orange often with reddish brown markings. Ovary stipitate; ovules usually 8.
Pods ovoid to oblong, 10–15 mm long, pubescent.
Flowering: Flowers spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest on gravelly clay soils, on the coast and adjacent ranges; north from Bodalla.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Previously varieties were separated under Oxylobium, but this distinction cannot be maintained; var. obovatum occurred in coastal districts from Newcastle area to Woolgoolga (NC) and had ± obovate leaves with an obtuse or emarginate apex.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: P.H. Weston & M.D. Crisp (1995)
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