Daviesia leptophylla A.Cunn. ex G.Don

Narrow-leaf Bitter-pea

Gen. Hist. 2: 125 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Multistemmed shrub to c. 2 m tall; branches ascending, glabrous; branchlets angular, ribbed, sometimes bare towards tips. Phyllodes linear-elliptic to linear-obovate, to 9 cm long, to 10 mm wide, dull yellow-green, convex above, margins slightly recurved, apex acute to obtuse, mucronate, base tapering, articulate, subsessile; midrib prominent, venation longitudinal, conspicuous, a strong nerve near each margin. Inflorescences 1–4 per axil, subcorymbose, 5–10-flowered, rachis usually 2.5–15 mm long; peduncle 1.5–10 mm long; pedicels 1–4 mm long, subtended by a subulate appressed bract c. 1 mm long. Calyx 3.5–4.5 mm long including 1–2.5 mm receptacle, upper 2 teeth united into a nearly entire lip; corolla mostly orange-yellow; standard transversely broadly elliptic, 5.5–6.5 mm long, 6–7 mm long, orange-yellow with a maroon marking. Pod obliquely triangular, 5–10 mm long, 3.5–6 mm wide; seeds usually 2, ovate-reniform, 2.5–3.5 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread across central Victoria, usually in dry open sites in sclerophyll forest, growing on poor skeletal soils.

Possible hybrids with D. latifolia, D. laevis, D. laxiflora and D. mimosoides subsp. mimosoides have been observed in some areas.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Daviesia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Daviesia leptophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daviesia leptophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory