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Swainsona behriana F.Muell. ex J.M.Black
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Common name: Behr's Swainson-pea

Swainsona behriana F.Muell. ex J.M.Black APNI*

Synonyms: Swainsona oroboides subsp. hirsuta APNI*

Description: Prostrate or low-growing perennial to 15 cm high; stems pubescent with spreading to divergent basifixed hairs or hairs laterally attached at the base.

Leaves mostly 3–5 cm long; leaflets 9–13, narrow-elliptic to obovate, lateral leaflets mostly 5–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute, both surfaces pubescent or sometimes upper surface glabrous; stipules 2–5 mm long.

Racemes subumbellate, 2–7-flowered; flowers 7–10 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth ± longer than tube. Corolla purple; keel apex ± obtuse and twisted. Style slightly twisted, tip inflexed or geniculate.

Pod oblong, 10–18 mm long, pubescent; style 3–4 mm long; stipe c. 1 mm long. Mostly grows in light soils in moist grassland especially in woodland and forest clearings.

Photo © ANBG


Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

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