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Sphaerolobium minus Labill.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Sphaerolobium minus Labill. APNI*

Description: Rush-like shrub usually <50 cm high; stems terete, mostly leafless, sometimes with a few linear leaves.

Flowers usually 2 or 3 clustered together forming long, terminal racemes; pedicels 1–3 mm long; bracteoles caducous, 1.5 -3 mm long, uniformly lead-grey. Calyx 2–3 mm long. Flowers c. 5 mm long; standard broadly obovate, c. 4.5 mm wide, pure yellow with faint red markings (not distinctive as in S. vimineum); wings obovate; keel c. 5 mm long; style sharply flexed down then up near base, ± vertical and nearly straight for most of its length, not twisted sideways.

Pods ± globose, 3–5 mm long; seeds ovate, 1.5–2.5 mm long.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: Flowers spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in wet heath or sometimes forest on sandy or peaty soils, 0-1400 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by B. Wiecek & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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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