Kennedia lateritia F.Muell.

Fragm. 4: 78 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN)

Robust, woody climber; stems twining, to 4 m long, with spreading silky hairs. Leaflets broadly elliptic to orbicular or broadly obovate, 5–8.5 cm long, 3.5–7.5 cm wide, upper surface more or less glabrous, lower surface with scattered silky hairs, apices obtuse to notched, sometimes mucronate; petiole 3–5 cm long; lateral leaflets shortly petiolulate; upper leaflet on petiolule to c. 8 mm long; stipules broadly ovate to cordate, 15–20 mm long, leafy, often united; stipellae lanceolate or falcate, 2–7 mm long. Inflorescences 21–24-flowered, flowers in cluster of 3; peduncle to c. 10 cm long; pedicle c. 8 mm long; bracts 7–8 mm long, silky-hairy, caducous. Calyx 6–7 mm long, subglabrous. Corolla 15–18 mm long, orange-red with basal yellow blotch; standard obovate to suborbicular; wings subequal to keel. Pod narrow-cylindric, 40–50 mm long, 6–10 mm wide, inflated, glabrous; seeds produced, but not seen for this treatment. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*EGL. Endemic to the Augusta-Cape Leeuwin area on the south coast of Western Australia, sometimes grown as an ornamental, recorded once in Victoria near Mallacoota where it is doubtfully naturalised.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-05
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Kennedia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Kennedia lateritia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kennedia lateritia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory