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Hovea asperifolia I.Thomps.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Hovea asperifolia I.Thomps. 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, brown and partly white, grey or black, hairs curled to straight, appressed to slightly divergent, antrorse.

Leaves narrow-oblong to linear or sometimes narrow-elliptic in smaller-leaved variants, 1–10 cm long, 2.5–9 mm wide flat to strongly arched each side of a shallowly to deeply recessed midrib, base rounded to subacute, margins recurved to strongly revolute, apex truncate to subacute, mucro short, sometimes pointed; upper surface green, dull to subglossy, mostly glabrous; lower surface almost glabrous or slightly to moderately obscured by a white, cream or golden coiled hairs. Stipules ovate to lanceolate, 0.5–2 mm long. Petiole 2–4 mm long.

Inflorescences sessile, mostly 2-flowered, rarely 3-flowered. Flowers with bracts, ovate to lanceolate or sometimes orbicular, 1–5.5 mm long; bracteoles ovate to lanceolate 1.5–5.5 mm long; calyx 3–5.5 mm long; tube 2–3 mm long; upper lip 2–3 mm wide across base, apex of lobes truncate to rounded, lower lip 3–4 mm wide across base, lateral and lower lobes c. 1–2.2 mm long; standard 7–10mm long, 7–12 mm wide, claw 2–3.5 mm long, limb pale to deep mauve, flare yellow, c. 1 mm wide, usually slightly bilobed, bordered by a zone of deep mauve; wing 6.5–9.5 mm long, 2.5–4 mm wide, claw 1.8–2.5 mm long; keel 4.5–6 mm long, 1.5–2.2 mm wide. Pedicel 1–4 mm long.

Pod broad-elliptic in profile, 8–15 mm long, 7–12 mm deep, sessile, external surface partly obscured by a moderately dense whitish to golden indumentum, hairs crumpled. Seeds ellipsoid, c. 4–5 mm long, 2.5 mm wide, black, dark brown or mottled red/brown or olive/brown, aril ± oblong, c. 50–70% of the curved length of seed.


Flowering: Flowers in August–November. Fruit matures in November–February.

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in far south-eastern NSW, and in the ACTin the Brindabella Range, and in eastern Victoria east from Daylesford.

Grows in alluvial soils, sandy loams or in rocky sites of various geology in montane forest.
NSW subdivisions: ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: I.R. Thompson (2001) Eastern Australian Hovea (Brongniartieae-Fabaceae). Australian Systematic Botany, Vol 14, pp 84-88.

One subspecies in NSW: Hovea asperifolia subsp. asperifolia

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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