Swainsona murrayana Wawra

Slender Darling-pea

Oesterr. Bot. Z. 31: 69 (1881) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect, ascending or prostrate perennial herb, to 25 cm tall; stems densely pubescent with appressed medifixed hairs. Leaves mostly 5–10 cm long; leaflets 3–11, linear-lanceolate to elliptic, lateral leaflets 5–30 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, terminal leaflet usually conspicuously longer than laterals, apices narrowly acute with a recurved point, both surfaces sparsely pubescent to virtually glabrous; stipules triangular to linear, c. 2–7 mm long, sometimes broadly toothed. Racemes mostly 3–11-flowered; flowers c. 10 mm long; calyx with base spirally twisted, dark pubescent, teeth shorter than tube; petals pink or purple; standard c. 10 mm long, 7–8 mm wide, often asymmetric, clawed; keel 7–9 mm long, obtuse, tip beak-like, strongly twisted; style tip stout, incurved. Pod narrow-ellipsoid, mostly 20–65 mm long, 4–7 mm wide, inflated, sparsely pubescent, stipe c. 0.5 mm long; seeds to c. 20, cordate-reniform, c. 2 mm long, dark brown. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

DunT, MuF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Extremely rare in northern and western Victoria, with an isolated southern recorded labeled 'Wannon River'. Usually found in seasonally inundated flats and around lakes.

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, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Swainsona
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Swainsona murrayana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona murrayana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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South Australia
New South Wales