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Genus Gompholobium Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves alternate, either simple, 3-foliolate, palmate or pinnate with the terminal leaflet sessile; leaflets usually narrow, margins entire; stipules small or absent.

Inflorescences terminal, or rarely axillary, racemes, sometimes reduced to 1 or 2 flowers; bracts usually small, lanceolate; bracteoles small, lanceolate or bristly, inserted ± below the base of the calyx or absent. Calyx tube ± short, the teeth lanceolate, ± equal, longer than tube. Petals shortly clawed; standard circular to reniform, larger than the other petals; wings oblong, ± falcate; keel obtuse, slightly broader than wings. Stamens free. Ovary glabrous, sessile or shortly stipitate; ovules 2–many; style incurved or filiform.

Pod turgid, ± globose to obliquely oblong; seeds without an aril.

Distribution and occurrence: World: >30 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas., W.A. [includes Burtonia]

Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves 3-foliolate2
Leaves pinnate, leaflets usually 5–25 (rarely a few 3-foliolate leaves near the base of the stem)9
2Keels conspicuously ciliate3
Keels glabrous or not conspicuously ciliate
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3Leaflet margins usually flat or recurved, leaflets 2–6 mm wide; corolla 20–30 mm longGompholobium latifolium
Leaflet margins revolute, leaflets 0.5–1.5 mm wide; corolla 15–20 mm long
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Gompholobium huegelii
4Leaflets mostly more than 12 mm long, if less then apex obtuse5
Leaflets mostly less than 12 mm long
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5Apex of leaflets acute with a sharp point; flowers 15–25 mm longGompholobium grandiflorum
Apex of leaflets obtuse or blunt (truncate); flowers 12–20 mm long
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6Stems smoothGompholobium virgatum
Stems tuberculate between ribs
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Gompholobium aspalathoides
7Stems covered with short, spreading hairs, not tuberculate; buds ridged at junction of calyx teethGompholobium minus
Stems glabrous or sparsely hairy when young, more or less tuberculate; buds not ridged as above
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8Flowers red to orange-red; stipules absent; leaflets 4–12 mm longGompholobium uncinatum
Flowers yellow or yellow-green; stipules minute but conspicuously recurved; leaflets 5–8 mm long
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Gompholobium inconspicuum
9Leaflets cuneate, obovate or obcordate, apex obtuse, usually glaucous; flowers orange-redGompholobium foliolosum
Leaflets narrow-linear to elliptic, apex acute, not glaucous; flowers yellow or greenish yellow
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10Leaflets 5–7, rachis condensed; stems densely tuberculateGompholobium glabratum
Leaflets 15–25, rachis not condensed; stems smooth
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Gompholobium pinnatum

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