Common name: Coastal Jack Bean
Canavalia rosea (Sw.) DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Canavalia maritima (Aubl.) Thouars APNI*
Description: Climbing or trailing herb; stems 2–3 m long, glabrous or silky. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets circular to oblong, 4–12 cm long, 3–10 cm wide, leathery, glabrous only at maturity. Racemes c. 8-flowered; peduncle erect, 15–30 cm long. Calyx c. 12 mm long. Corolla mauve to white; standard mostly 2–3 cm long. Pod oblong, compressed, 10–15 cm long, 25 mm wide; seeds c. 6, ovoid, c. 18 mm long, poisonous. Flowers most of the year. Grows chiefly on coastal sand dunes, north from Sydney. NC CC; LHI, Qld, N.T., W.A., Asia, Afr. [
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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