Common name: Prickly Shaggy Pea
Podolobium ilicifolium (Andrews) Crisp & P.H.Weston APNI*
Synonyms: Oxylobium ilicifolium (Andrews) Domin APNI*
Podolobium staurophyllum Sieber ex DC. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 3 m high, ± glabrous or stems and often lower surface of leaves pubescent.
Leaves opposite or almost so, ovate to narrow-ovate in outline, 2–10 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, upper surface reticulate and shining, margins irregularly lobed, sometimes 3-lobed with each lobe pungent-pointed; stipules spinose, curved, 1–3 mm long.
Racemes terminal or axillary, sometimes exceeding the leaves; bracts small, ovate to lanceolate, caducous; bracteoles absent. Calyx 4 mm long, pubescent. Corolla 8–10 mm long, yellow with orange markings or orange-yellow. Ovary stipitate; ovules c. 4.
Pods ovoid to oblong, c. 10 mm long, 2–3 mm diam., straight or curved, ± pubescent.
Flowering: Flowers spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in dry or wet sclerophyll forest on sandstone or clay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by B. Wiecek
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