Platylobium reflexum I.Thomps.

Muelleria 29 (2): 167 (2011) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Weakly erect shrubs to 2 m high; stems glabrous to densely pubescent. Leaves opposite (occasionally some alternate), unifoliolate or simple; petiole 1–3(–8) mm long; lamina ovate, (1.5–)2–6 cm long, (1–)1.5–4 cm wide, base cordate to truncate, apex acute, apiculate. Flowers 1–4 per axil; pedicles distinct, exserted from bracts and scales; bracteoles flat, recurving in distal half, 3–7 mm long, overlapping with most of the calyx (prior to recurving), orange-brown, striate, glabrous, sometimes with scattered midline hairs; calyx with scattered spreading or appressed hair, upper lobes (5–)6–8 mm long (including tube), lower lobes 3.5–4 mm long; ovary pubescent. Pod with thin wing 0.6–2 mm wide beyond the upper sutural nerve, pubescent or at least the sutures hairy. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

GipP, HSF, OtP, OtR, VAlp. Common in tall wet forest in ranges east of Melbourne and the in the Otways.

Previously included in a broadly defined Platylobium formosum (along with P. montanum, P. parviflorum, P. rotundum and P. infecundum). Similar in many respects to P. montanum subsp. montanum, but distinguished from that species by the distinctly recurved bracteoles, and the leaves that are less commonly deeply cordate.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Platylobium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Platylobium reflexum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Platylobium reflexum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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