Glycine canescens F.J.Herm.

Silky Glycine

Techn. Bull. U.S.D.A. 1268: 19 (1962) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Trailing or twining herb, wholly silky-strigose; stems slender, non-stoloniferous, hairs mostly grey, often intermixed with rusty ones. Leaves pinnately trifoliolate, petiole 3–20 mm long; leaflets filiform to narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, 2–6 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, apices acuminate, acute or rounded; terminal leaflet on petiolule 1–8 mm long; lateral leaflets sessile to subsessile; stipellae present on all petiolules; leaflet reticulation obscure. Racemes 6–12-flowered; peduncle 3–7 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 1–2 mm long, usually arranged loosely and distally on rachis; calyx 4–5 mm long, lower 3 teeth equalling to slightly exceeding the tube; petals pinkish-purple to mauve, fading to blue; standard 6–9 mm long; keel shorter than wings. Pod linear, 2–4 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, slightly compressed; seeds 3–10, short-obloid to quadrate, c. 3 mm long, smooth and shining or minutely muricate, black or mottled. Flowers mostly early spring.

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Apparently confined to far north-west Victoria where extremely rare. Grows in sandy or stony soils in a variety of habitats.

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, 2018-07-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Glycine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glycine canescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glycine canescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory