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Swainsona parviflora Benth.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Swainsona parviflora Benth. APNI*

Description: Procumbent, low-growing perennial; stems sparsely hairy with minute, ± appressed basifixed or sub-basifixed hairs.

Leaves mostly < 5 cm long; leaflets 5–11, narrow-elliptic to narrow-lanceolate or oblong, lateral leaflets equal, mostly 10–25 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, terminal leaflet often much longer, apex acuminate or obtuse, lower surface sparsely pubescent; stipules 1–2 mm long.

Racemes 3–10-flowered; flowers 5–8 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth ± equal to tube. Corolla purple; keel apex distinctly acute. Style tip strongly curved or geniculate with a tuft of hairs.

Pod not seen mature; stipe stout, 0.5 mm long.


Distribution and occurrence: in well-watered grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

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


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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