Bossiaea grayi K.L.McDougall

Telopea 12: 354 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Erect rhizomatous shrub to 1.5 m high, ± glabrous, new growth often sparsely hairy; branches flattened and winged, ultimate branches of cladodes 2–10 mm wide, recess at nodes absent or very shallow, often with a white waxy surface that exfoliates when the branches dry. Leaves reduced to scales 1–2 mm long, 0.5–0.8 mm wide from midrib to margin, veins few and faint. Flowers solitary, 8–10 mm long; pedicles 2–2.5 mm long; bracts several, conspicuous, reddish-brown, distichous, 3–3.5 mm long, often persistent; bracteoles inserted near base, caducous; calyx 4.5–5.5 mm long, glabrous; standard ± equal in length to other petals, deep yellow, often suffused with red externally; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous, c. 6-ovuled. Pods narrow-oblong, 2–3 cm long; stipe not or hardly exceeding calyx. Flowers Sep.-Oct. (in ACT)

MonT, SnM. Also ACT. Known in Victoria from 3 records north-west of Wulgulmerang. Occurs on stony rises in snow gum woodland.

Closely resembles Bossiaea bracteosa and B. vombata, principally distinguished by its shorter cladode scales. See notes under B. vombata.

Further material is required to confirm the identity of this species in Victoria as all three collections at MEL are sterile.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-06
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Bossiaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bossiaea grayi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea grayi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Australian Capital Territory