Common name: Purple Swainson-pea, Purple Darling Pea
Swainsona purpurea (A.T.Lee) Joy Thomps. APNI*
Synonyms: Swainsona stipularis var. purpurea A.T.Lee APNI*
Swainsona stipularis var. longialata A.T.Lee APNI*
Description: Spreading or semi-erect perennial to 50 cm high; stems often densely pubescent with appressed medifixed hairs.
Leaves mostly 7–12 cm long; leaflets 5–11, variable, mostly linear or elliptic, lateral leaflets mostly 10–30 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, apex variable, both surfaces ± pubescent; stipules to c. 10 mm long.
Racemes 3–20-flowered; flowers mostly 12–14 mm long with one form 6–8 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth equal to or shorter than tube. Corolla purple; keel apex obtuse and rounded, often twisted. Style tip ± straight.
Pod fusiform-elliptic, 10–60 mm long, pubescent; style 6–8 mm long; stipe short.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on dunes in low-lying areas especially near lake margins.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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