Bossiaea riparia A.Cunn. ex Benth.

River Leafless Bossiaea

Fl. Austral. 2: 166 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or decumbent shrub to 1 m high, ± glabrous; stems rigid, ± terete, branches flattened, winged, ultimate branches of cladodes 2–4 mm wide. Leaves reduced to small scales c. 1 mm long. Flowers solitary or several together, 6–10 mm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long; bracts usually 5 or 6, to 1 mm long, persistent; bracteoles inserted near middle of pedicel, c. 1.5 mm long, persistent; calyx 3–4 mm long, glabrous; standard yellow, about as long as other petals; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous, c. 4-ovulate. Pod narrow-oblong, to 2 cm long; stipe c. equal to calyx. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, Tas. Uncommon to rare in Victoria, occurring in the south-west, in the Grampians, and in eastern Victoria. Grows on streambanks and in moist and dry situations in dry sclerophyll forest, often at fairly high altitudes.

Source: Ross, J.H. (1996). Bossiaea. 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 Bossiaea
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory