Common name: Dwarf Darling-pea
Swainsona luteola F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Prostrate or procumbent to semi-erect perennial to c. 50 cm high; stems sparsely to densely pubescent with straight or irregular, loosely appressed basifixed hairs.
Leaves mostly 3–10 cm long; leaflets 3–17, narrow-elliptic to obovate, lateral leaflets 5–20 mm long, 3–10 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, lower surface pubescent; stipules 2–5 mm long.
Racemes mostly 5–15-flowered; flowers 6–8 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth equal to longer than tube. Corolla purple or occasionally yellow; keel apex obtuse and ± lipped. Style tip incurled.
Pod elliptic to narrow-oblong, mostly 20–35 mm long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; style 1–1.25 mm long; stipe minute.
Distribution and occurrence: in heavy soils in open grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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