Daviesia genistifolia A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Broom Bitter-pea

Comm. Legume Gen. 11 (1837)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Low multistemmed or slender shrub to 2 m tall; branches glabrous, grooved; branchlets terete. Phyllodes terete or vertically compressed, 5–30 mm long, 0.5–1.25 mm wide, spreading to slightly ascending, green, striate, rigid, pungent, articulate on branchlet. Inflorescences 1-few per axil, racemose, mostly 2–6-flowered, rachis 1.5–8 mm long; peduncle 0.5–1.5 mm long; pedicels to c. 2.5 mm long, subtended by an ovate to spathulate, concave, recurved bract c. 1 mm long. Calyx 3–4 mm long including 0.5–1 mm receptacle, teeth short, apiculate, slightly fimbriate, upper 2 partly united; corolla mostly yellow or orange; standard suborbicular, 6–8 mm long, 6–8 mm wide, yellow or orange with a crimson centre. Pod broad triangular, 8–11 mm long, 4–8 mm wide; seed usually 1, oblong-reniform, c. 4 mm long, compressed. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, NIS, VRiv, Wim. Scattered across northern Victoria from the South Australian border to near Wangaratta (e.g. Dimboola, Wedderburn, Nagambie and Chiltern areas) but rare. Found in dry sclerophyll forests.

Old, unvouchered records of this species may include D. devito and D. schwarzenegger which had been previously included in D. genistifolia (as in, e.g. Willis 1973) or D. benthamii (e.g. Jeanes 1996). The latter species is now regarded as being a WA endemic.. The mapped distribution of D. genistifolia probably exaggerates its natural range in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-18
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-05-15

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.

Willis, J.H. (1973). A handbook to plants in Victoria, Melbourne University Press, Carlton.

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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 genistifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daviesia genistifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory