Common Name: Shaggy Peas
Description: Shrubs, erect to prostrate; stems mostly pubescent with laterally attached, ± 2-branched hairs.
Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, simple, margins entire or lobed; upper surface reticulate, sometimes warty, margins flat or recurved; stipules rigid, recurved or spreading.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary racemes; clusters or corymbs; bracts 3-lobed, often caducous; bracteoles often caducous. Calyx 5-toothed, teeth ± equal, the upper two broader and united higher up. Petals clawed, standard ± circular, emarginate, longer than wings and keel; wings oblong or obovate; keel straight or slightly curved, broad and obtuse. Stamens free; anthers uniform. Ovary stipitate; ovules 2 or more; style filiform or thickened towards base; stigma small, terminal.
Pods ovoid or oblong, valves leathery; seeds without an aril.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 spp., endemic Aust., Qld, N.S.W., Vic.
Unpublished molecular systematic work (Crisp & Chandler, pers. comm.) has shown that Podolobium scandens, P. procumbens and P. alpestre are not most closely related to the other species of Podolobium but to the W.A. genus Callistachys; they intend to transfer those species to Callistachys in the near future.
Text by B. Wiecek
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|1||Margins of leaves not recurved; leaves usually opposite, not usually warty.||2|
|Margins of leaves recurved; leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, upper surface often warty.||Podolobium alpestre|
|2||Leaves lobed, the lobes pungent-pointed.||3|
|Leaves entire, with or without a pungent apex.|
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|3||Margins of leaves deeply and irregularly lobed; leaves ovate to narrow-ovate in outline.||Podolobium ilicifolium|
|Margins of leaves with shallow, ± regular, sinuate lobes; leaves oblong to ovate in outline.|
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|4||Stipules spinose; calyx teeth shorter than tube; bracteoles absent.||Podolobium aciculiferum|
|Stipules bristly; calyx teeth ± equal to tube; bracteoles present.|
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|5||Leaves obovate or ovate to elliptic, 1–7 cm long, apex obtuse or with a soft mucronate point, margins flat.||Podolobium scandens|
|Leaves ovate, 1–2.5 cm long, apex pungent-pointed, margins undulate.|
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