Daviesia brevifolia Lindl.

Leafless Bitter-pea

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Australia 2: 200 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Broom-like shrub to 1 m tall; branches glabrous; branchlets rigid, terete, 1.5–2 mm thick, grey-green, striate, often somewhat flexuose. Juvenile leaves sometimes present, obovate, 2-lobed. Phyllodes terete, 2–5 mm long, green, oblique to stem, tip recurved, pungent, base continuous with stem. Inflorescences 1–few per axil, racemose, mostly 1–4-flowered, rachis 1–3 mm long; peduncle 0–1 mm long; pedicels to 1–2 mm long, subtended by an ovate bract to c. 0.5 mm long. Calyx 3–4 mm long including c. 1 mm receptacle, teeth short, triangular to apiculate, fimbriate, upper 2 almost united into an obtuse lip; corolla apricot to reddish-brown; standard transverse-elliptic, c. 5 mm long, c. 7 mm wide, striate, apricot or reddish grading to a darker centre. Pod obliquely triangular, c. 15 mm long, c. 10 mm wide, inflated; seeds reniform, 3–4 mm long, rounded. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Brid, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA. Confined to the western half of Victoria where found in coastal and inland sclerophyll forests and woodlands often on sandy soils.

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, 2019-11-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Daviesia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Daviesia brevifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daviesia brevifolia 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
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales