Bossiaea cinerea R.Br.

Showy Bossiaea

in W.T.Aiton, Hortus Kew., edn 2, 4: 268 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub to 1.5 m high; stems terete, usually with dense appressed or spreading hairs. Leaves alternate, opposite or whorled, unifoliolate, ± sessile; petiole often with a slender spur to 1 mm long; lamina trullate or triangular to ovate or lanceolate, 10–20 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, rounded or cordate basally; apex pungent; upper surface dark green, usually glabrous and minutely tuberculate; lower surface pale, sparingly to densely pubescent; stipules setaceous, to 2.5 mm long, spreading to reflexed, persistent. Flower usually solitary, 7–12 mm long; pedicels filiform, to 12 mm long, sparsely hairy; bracts less than 1 mm long, crowded; bracteoles c. 1 mm long, inserted at or above middle of pedicel, persistent; calyx 3–5 mm long, tube longer than lobes, upper lobes much broader than lower, glabrous or almost so; standard mainly red externally and golden-yellow internally; wings purplish-brown, sometimes yellow at tips; ovary stipitate, glabrous, 3–5-ovulate. Pod ovate to oblong, 1–1.5 cm long; stipe usually exceeding the calyx. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Common in southern Victoria, in coastal heath and lowland open-forest.

Occasional plants in which the flowers are uniformly yellow occur throughout the range in Victoria.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-06
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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 cinerea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea cinerea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales