Dillwynia sericea A.Cunn.

Showy Parrot-pea

Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 347 (1825), sensu Census Vasc. Pl. Victoria edn 6, 76 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to procumbent shrub, 0.5–1 m tall; stems densely covered with spreading or appressed hairs, particularly the younger branches. Leaves linear, mostly 5–20 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, moderately crowded, smooth or tuberculate, glabrous or with long hairs, apex usually shortly acuminate; petiole to 1 mm long. Flowers mostly paired (sometimes single) in leaf-axils, often forming dense, leafy inflorescences; pedicel to 3 mm long. Calyx 4–7 mm long, pubescent to virtually glabrous; standard 8–12 mm long, notched, apricot-coloured with a red centre (rarely clear yellow); wings shorter, oblanceolate, reddish; keel shortest, obtuse, reddish. Pod obovoid, c. 5 mm long, c. 3.5 mm wide, sessile, white-pubescent, slightly exceeding calyx; seeds usually 2. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread across most of Victoria in heathland and heathy woodland.

Plants are very variable in a number of characteristics including indumentum, flower colour and leaf size and density.

In New South Wales plants that occur or granite or sandstone ridges with long (more than 10 mm) warty leaves are recognised as a distinct species D. rudis Sieber ex DC. Similar plants occur in Victoria in coastal or sandy areas and dry ridges (e.g. Grampians, Anglesea, Portland, Bendigo Whipstick, Strathbogie Ranges, and the upper Genoa River, Little Desert and Big Desert). However, this distinction does not seem to hold in Victoria. Leaf length does not always correlate with texture (warty or smooth). Furthermore, numerous intermediates occur in Victoria, and plants often grade from strong warty to weakly/sparsely warty in many of the above mentioned locations. This complex is under revision.

Also see note under Dillwynia sp. aff. cinerascens (Pine Mountain).

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, 2020-01-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Dillwynia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dillwynia sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dillwynia sericea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Australian Capital Territory