Crotalaria brevis Domin APNI*
Description: Prostrate or ascending subshrub to 0.3 m high, multistemmed, with annual stems and a perennial rootstock; stems with long spreading or appressed white to rusty-coloured hairs.
Leaves simple, narrow-lanceolate to narrow-elliptic or rarely oblanceolate, 0.4–2.5 cm long, 2–5.5 mm wide, with length:breadth ratio of 2–8:1, sligthly discolorous, both surfaces appressed-pubescent; petiole c. 1 mm long; stipules absent or minute.
Racemes to 10 cm long, 1–10-flowered, flowers crowded and ± overlapping on rachis; pedicels 2–4 mm long. Calyx 4.5–9 mm long, appressed-pubescent. Corolla 4.5–8 mm long, yellow with darker veins; wings slightly shorter than keel; keel with a narrow beak 4–6 mm long, twisted at apex.
Pods mostly 6–7 mm long, brown, glabrous; seeds c. 2 mm long, dark brown to greenish, shiny.
Flowering: Flowers summer to winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and along roadsides; north from Thora (Bellinger Valley), also recorded near Warialda.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by C. Gardner & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.E. Holland (2002)
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