Spartium junceum L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 708 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect shrub to 3 m high; stems numerous, glaucous-green, glabrous, softly pithed. Leaves soon deciduous; leaflets oblong-linear, 1–3 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous above, paler and appressed-sericeous below, entire; apex rounded. Flowers 5–30 in lax terminal racemes, sweetly scented; pedicles c. 3 mm long; calyx 5–7.5 mm long, brownish; corolla 20–28 mm long, bright yellow. Pod linear-oblong, 4–10 cm long, 6–7 mm diam., sericeous, becoming glabrous and blackish; seeds c. 12–20, squarish, often obliquely so, 3–3.5 mm long, yellowish-brown, shiny; aril pale brown. Flowers Nov.­–Dec.

*CVU, *GipP, *OtP, *VVP. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated for its showy flowers. Plants occasionally escaping from old gardens or plantings.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Spartium
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory