Bossiaea heterophylla Vent.

Variable Bossiaea

Descr. Pl. Nouv. 1: 7, t. 7 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to c. 1 m high; stems flattened, 1–3 mm wide, often glaucous, glabrous or sparingly pubescent. Leaves alternate, distichous, unifoliolate, narrowly to broadly ovate or linear-oblong, 10–30 mm long, 1.5–12 mm wide, larger leaves usually confined to juvenile growth; margins flat, incurved or involute; stipules triangular, to 1 mm long. Flowers solitary, 7–15 mm long; pedicels to 5 mm long; bracts few, to 1.5 mm long; bracteoles similar to bracts, inserted on lower half of pedicel, persistent; calyx 4–6 mm long, lobes equal to or shorter than the tube; standard slightly shorter or longer than keel, orange-yellow suffused with red outside; wings shorter than keel; ovary stipitate, glabrous, c. 8-ovuled. Pod narrow-oblong, 2–4 cm long, 0.7–0.9 mm wide, valves slightly thickened; stipe exceeding calyx. Flowers Apr.–Jun.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. Uncommon in Victoria and now confined to Gippsland east of Rosedale. Favours sandy soils in a variety of habitats including heath and open woodland.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-07-07
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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 heterophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea heterophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory