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Desmodium rhytidophyllum (F.Muell.) Benth.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Desmodium rhytidophyllum (F.Muell.) Benth. APNI*

Description: Twining perennial herb or trailing shrub c. 1 m long or tall; stems with dense, rusty, spreading hairs.

Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to rhombic or elliptic, mostly 1.2–7 cm long, 8–35 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, both surfaces appressed-pubescent; petiole 7–35 mm long; stipules c. 4–6 mm long.

Racemes 8–25 cm long, c. 30-flowered; pedicels c. 4–6 mm long. Flowers c. 6 mm long, purple to pink.

Pod 15–25 mm long, covered with minute, hooked hairs; articles 2–7, each 2–3 mm long.

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: almost all year.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on sandy or stony soils in dry sclerophyll forest, north from Nowra district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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