Common name: Kneed Swainson-pea
Swainsona reticulata J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial to c. 15 cm high; stems densely pubescent with antrorsely divergent or spreading hairs, hairs basifixed or laterally attached at the base.
Leaves 1–7 cm long; leaflets 5–15, obovate, elliptic or narrowly linear-lanceolate, lateral leaflets 3–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, acute to obtuse or emarginate, both surfaces appressed-pubescent or sometimes upper surface glabrous; stipules 2–7 mm long, abaxial ridge sometimes absent.
Racemes subumbellate, 3–7-flowered; flowers 5–10 mm long. Calyx pubescent, teeth equal to or longer than tube. Corolla purple; keel apex obtuse to ± acute, scarcely twisted. Style tip geniculate.
Pod narrow-obovoid, 18–22 mm long, pubescent; style 4–5 mm long; stipe short.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on alluvial flats in grassland or open forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, 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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