Common name: Woolly Darling Pea
Swainsona burkittii F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect or procumbent perennial c. 1 m high; stems densely pubescent with short crisped hairs and longer spreading hairs, all basifixed.
Leaves c. 8–15 cm long; leaflets mostly 15–30, broad-oblong, obovate or ± circular, lateral leaflets 2–15 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, apex obtuse, retuse or emarginate, both surfaces pubescent; stipules 3–6 mm long, ± ridges abaxially.
Racemes to 50-flowered; flowers 8–10 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth longer than tube. Corolla dark reddish purple, rarely white; keel apex ± acute with a variably developed beak of undulating tissue at the tip. Style tip strongly curved or coiled.
Pod ± globose, 5–8 mm long, pubescent; style 4–5 mm long; stipe minute.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on red sandy or loamy soils on open plain in shrubland or sparse woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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