Common name: Hairy Darling-pea, Darling Pea
Swainsona greyana Lindl. APNI*
Description: Perennial to 1.5 m high; stems pubescent with spreading crisped basifixed hairs.
Leaves 10–15 cm long; leaflets mostly 17–21, obovate to elliptic, the lower 10–30 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, apex obtuse, lower surface pubescent; stipules 4–10 mm long.
Racemes mostly 12–20-flowered; flowers c. 20–25 mm long. Calyx white-woolly, teeth much shorter than tube. Corolla white, pink or purple; keel apex obtuse and obscurely lipped. Style tip straight or ± inflexed, occasionally with a few hairs.
Pod elliptic, 30–50 mm long, glabrous; style c. 8 mm long; stipe c. 10 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to heavy, grey soils of the banks and flats of the lower Murray R. and the Darling R. and its major tributaries.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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