Common name: Downy Swainson-pea, Downy Darling Pea
Swainsona swainsonioides (Benth.) A.T.Lee ex J.M.Black APNI*
Synonyms: Swainsona drummondii Benth. APNI*
Description: Spreading, ascending perennial to 50 cm high; stems densely to sparsely pubescent with spreading or antrorsely curved basifixed hairs.
Leaves mostly 3–12 cm long; leaflets 11–21, broad- or narrow-obovate to elliptic, occasionally lanceolate, lateral leaflets 5–20 mm long, mostly 4–10 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, both surfaces pubescent; stipules to 15 mm long.
Racemes 6–15-flowered; flowers 8–15 mm long. Calyx ± glabrous, teeth longer than tube. Corolla purple; keel in an incomplete circle, apex ± acute, upcurved and recurved. Style tip incurved or inflexed, often with a line of fine hairs.
Pod elliptic-oblong, 15–35 mm long, pubescent; style 10–20 mm long; stipe minute.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on plains in heavy red and black soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, 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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