Dipogon lignosus (L.) Verdc.

Common Dipogon

Taxon 17: 537 (1968) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Vigorous twiner; stems to 3 m long, slightly compressed. Leaves with petioles to 6 cm long; leaflets ovate to rhombic, 3–9 cm long, 1–7 cm wide, more or less glabrous, lower surface paler than upper; petiolules 1–20 mm long; stipules oblong-lanceolate, to 6 mm long, leafy, white-pubescent, persistent; stipellae linear or filiform, 2–3 mm long. Inflorescence many-flowered, to 25 cm long; bract lanceolate, 1–2 mm long; bracteoles subovate, to 1.5 mm long, inserted just below calyx; pedicel 3–7 mm long, lengthening to 15 mm or more and thickening in fruit. Calyx campanulate, 3–4 mm long, calyx teeth sub-equal, upper 2 and lower 3 slightly united into 2 lips, margins ciliate; corolla 10–15 mm long, pink-purple, rarely white; standard broadly ovate, c. 12 mm across, recurved or conduplicate, with 2 basal calli; wings obovate, auriculate; keel semicircular, incurved, sickle-shaped, beak purple. Pod terete to falcate, 25–50 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, more or less glabrous; seeds ovate, to c. 4.5 mm long, black, hilum white, aril inconspicuous. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan.

*EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *GGr, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Scattered across southern Victoria, mainly on disturbed sandy soils near the coast where it has escaped from cultivation. .

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Dipogon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dipogon lignosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dipogon lignosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present cultivated
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory