Common name: Silky Swainson-pea, Silky Pea
Swainsona sericea (A.T.Lee) J.M.Black ex H.Eichler APNI*
Synonyms: Swainsona oroboides subsp. sericea A.T.Lee APNI*
Description: Prostrate or low-growing perennial to c. 10 cm high; stems densely pubescent with medifixed hairs, hairs appressed or with both ends raised.
Leaves mostly 2–7 cm long; leaflets 5–13, narrow-elliptic, lateral leaflets mostly 5–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, terminal leaflets distinctly longer than laterals, apex acute, both surfaces ± pubescent; stipules 3–7 mm long.
Racemes mostly 2–8-flowered; flowers 7–11 mm long. Calyx pubescent often with dark hairs, teeth ± equal to tube. Corolla purple; keel apex obtuse with swellings behind tip, slightly twisted. Style tip geniculate.
Pod obovate, usually 10–17 mm long, pubescent; style 6–7 mm long; stipe minute.
Distribution and occurrence: in grassland and eucalypt woodland, sometimes with Callitris species; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable
Text by J. Thompson & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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