Common name: Broken Hill Pea
Swainsona fissimontana J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Erect or ascending perennial to c. 50 cm high; stems densely pubescent with medifixed hairs, hairs loosely appressed or the ends curved or raised.
Leaves mostly 4–9 cm long; leaflets 7–13, narrow-elliptic to elliptic, lateral leaflets 5–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex mostly acute, both surfaces densely pubescent; stipules c. 5 mm long.
Racemes 3–11-flowered; flowers 8–10 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth equal to or shorter than tube. Corolla pink to dark-purplish; keel apex obtuse, strongly twisted. Style tip minutely incurved.
Pod elliptic, mostly 15–25 mm long, ± pubescent; style c. 7 mm long; stipe c. 0.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on plains or slopes in stony, sandy or clay-loam soils.
NSW subdivisions: 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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