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Platylobium formosum Sm.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Common name: Handsome Flat Pea

Platylobium formosum Sm. APNI*

Synonyms: Platylobium formosum Sm. subsp. formosum APNI*

Description: Erect, straggling shrub or subshrub to 1.5 m high; stems glabrous, villous or scabrous.

Leaves usually ovate, 3–7.5 cm long, 15–40 mm wide, apex pungent or mucronate, base cordate, upper surface reticulate, glabrous or scabrous, lower surface paler, glabrous or sparsely hairy; stipules 2–5 mm long, persistent.

Inflorescences 1, occasionally 2 per axil. Inflorescence scales 4–6, hairy all over; bracts 2–3 mm long; bracteoles 3–4 mm long; pedicels 3–12 mm long. Calyx (7.5–)8–12 mm long, sparse to moderately hairy with loosely appressed hairs. Standard petal 15–20 mm long, 18–25 mm wide; mostly orange-yellow with back of standard purplish-brown with yellow bands; wing petals yellow throughout; keel often purplish.

Pod oblong, 25–45 mm long on stipes 5–10 mm long, hairy on sutures and retaining some pubescence especially on the zone over the seeds.

M. Maiden


Flowering: Spring

Distribution and occurrence: In near coastal areas north of Jervis Bay.

Sheltered sites on shale and sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Description derived from I. Thompson (2011) A revision of Platylobium ( Fabacveae: Bossieae) Muelleria 29:154-172.

Text by T. A. James; revised Peter Jobson Feb 2023
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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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