Viminaria juncea (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Hoffmanns.

Golden Spray

Vert. Pfl.-Kult. 200 (1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub usually 1–5 m tall; branches erect or pendent, terete, striate, bright green, glabrous. Juvenile leaves 1–3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to linear-lanceolate, mostly 1–6 cm long, 3–15 mm wide; mature leaves reduced to long, wiry petioles 3–25 cm long; stipules lanceolate, c. 1 mm long, glabrous. Inflorescence 20 cm or more long; pedicels to c. 5 mm long, glabrous; bract lanceolate, 2–4 mm long, decurrent, glabrous or appressed-pubescent. Calyx campanulate, c. 4 mm long, more or less glabrous, teeth triangular, subequal, shorter than tube; corolla 8–10 mm long, yellow to orange, often with reddish markings; standard orbicular, emarginate, yellow with reddish streaks; wings oblong, yellow; keel obtuse, reddish. Pod obovoid, 4–6 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, almost black, surface wrinkled or reticulate; seed 1, ovate-reniform, c. 2–3.5 mm long, light brown, mottled, with a small annular aril. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Widespread and often locally common, mostly across higher rainfall parts of the State. Often grows in swampy depressions in heathland or woodland.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Viminaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Viminaria juncea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Viminaria juncea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory