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Hovea apiculata A.Cunn. ex G.Don
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Hovea apiculata A.Cunn. ex G.Don APNI*

Description: Shrub up to 3 m tall. Indumentum of branchlets, petiole, stipules, pedicel, abaxial surfaces of bract and bracteoles and external surface of calyx dense, white to grey, sometimes light brown, sometimes rusty brown at apices of branchlets, stipules, calyx, bract and bracteoles, hairs coiled, sometimes scattered, straighter hairs shortly emerging.

Leaves narrow-oblong to lorate, very narrow-elliptic or lanceolate, 3–9 cm long, 5–15 mm wide (juvenile leaves to 11 cm long and to 22 mm wide), flat to weakly arched each side of a recessed midrib, base rounded to acute, margins flat to slightly recurved, apex truncate to acute, mucro short; upper surface with white to tan or orange-tan coiled hairs. Stipules narrow-ovate, 1.5–2 mm long, petiole 4–9 mm long.

Inflorescences usually racemose, rachis to 30 mm long, 4–12-flowered, sometimes a proportion of inflorescences reduced to clusters, 2- or 3-flowered. Flowers with orbicular to narrow-ovate bracts, 0.8–2.8 mm long; bracteoles ovate to lanceolate, 0.8–2.5 mm long; calyx 3.5–5.5 mm long; tube 2–3 mm long. Standard 7–11 mm long, 8–15 mm wide, claw 1.8–2.5 mm long, limb pinkish-mauve, flare green-yellow, 1.5 mm wide, bordered by a zone of deep mauve; wing 5–7 mm long, 2.5–4 mm wide, claw 1.5–2 mm long; keel 4–5 mm long, 1.8–2.5 mm wide, claw 1.5–2 mm long.

Pod obliquely orbicular in profile, c. 10–15 mm long, 10–13 mm deep, sessile, external surface completely obscured by light brown curled hairs, internal surface moderately densely hairy. Seeds ellipsoid, 5–6 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, dark olive-brown, aril oblong, 3.8 mm long, 1.2–2 mm.



Flowering: Flowers in July–September. Fruit matures in October–December.

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in north-eastern NSW it occurs inland, from the NSW-Queensland border south to Dubbo. In south-eastern Queensland from Expedition Range National Park south-east to Boondooma homestead and, disjunctly, just north of the Queensland-NSW border on Jibbinbah Mountain.

Grows in sandy soils and on granite and sandstone outcrops in forest and woodland.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: I.R. Thompson (2001) Eastern Australian Hovea (Brongniartieae-Fabaceae). Australian Systematic Botany, Vol 14, pp. 59-61.

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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