Dillwynia phylicoides A.Cunn.

Small-leaf Parrot-pea

Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 347 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or sprawling shrub, to 1.5 m tall; stems covered with stiff spreading hairs. Leaves linear to narrow-oblong, spirally twisted, mostly 3–8 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, moderately crowded, covered with stiff hairs or virtually glabrous with a few stiff hairs near apex, smooth to tuberculate, apex acute to shortly acuminate, tip often incurved; petiole 0.2–0.5 mm long. Flowers 1–8 in sessile or subsessile, terminal or upper-axillary clusters; pedicel 1–2 mm long. Calyx 4–6 mm long, covered with stiff hairs or sometimes virtually glabrous; standard 7–12 mm long, notched, yellow with radiating red veins; wings shorter, oblong, yellow and red; keel shortest, obtuse, orange-red to purple-brown. Pod ovoid to globular, 4–7 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, villous; seeds usually 2. Flowers Sep.–Dec

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. In Victoria mostly inland in the east, in dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands.

The closely related D. retorta (J.C. Wendl.) Druce from New South Wales and Queensland differs in having completely glabrous, almost smooth leaves and usually longer (up to 2 cm) peduncles.

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 Dillwynia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dillwynia phylicoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dillwynia phylicoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory