Sp. Pl. 776 (1753) APNI
Plant glabrous or sparsely pubescent; stems to 90 cm long. Leaflets more than 3 times as long as wide; terminal 3 linear to narrow-obovate, 3–12 mm long, 0.5–3 mm wide, apices acute. Calyx 4.5–5.5 mm long; corolla 7–10 mm long; standard broadly obovate, short-clawed, apex obtuse. Pod 1–2.6 cm long, 1–2 mm wide. Flowers Nov.–Apr.
*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *NIS, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised Tas. Native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa. Scattered across southern Victoria most notably in South Gippsland; usually found in disturbed areas on damp sandy or clay soils.
Although some authors recognize this taxon at species level, in a taxonomic study of the L. corniculatus complex in Turkey, Small et al. (1984) found a substantial overlap in the morphology and ecology of the above taxa, concluding that they are better retained at varietal level.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|