Swainsona sericea (A.T.Lee) J.M.Black ex H.Eichler

Silky Swainson-pea

Suppl. Black’s Fl. South Australia, edn 2, 193 (1965) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Prostrate or ascending perennial herb, to c. 20 cm tall; stems pubescent with appressed or spreading asymmetrically medifixed hairs; hairs 0.5–1 mm long. Leaves mostly 2–7 cm long; leaflets 5–13, narrow-oblanceolate to narrow-elliptic, lateral leaflets 5–15 mm long, usually 1–3 mm wide, terminal leaflet usually 2–5 mm longer, apices acute, rarely obtuse or retuse, both surfaces pubescent; stipules 3–7 mm long. Racemes mostly 2–8-flowered; flowers 7–11 mm long; calyx pubescent, teeth about equal to tube; petals purplish; standard 8–14 mm long, 8–14 mm wide, broad-ovate, long-clawed; keel 7–10 mm long, apices obtuse with swellings behind tip; style tip geniculate. Pod cylindric to obovoid, mostly 10–17 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, pubescent, stipe to c. 4 mm long; seeds c. 20, cordate, c. 1.7 mm long, olive-green to brown. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Gold, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Rare in Victoria, of disjunct occurrence in north of the State where usually found in grassland and grassy 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: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Swainsona
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Swainsona sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona sericea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory