Kennedia prostrata R.Br.

Running Postman

in W.T.Aiton, Hortus Kew., edn 2, 4: 299 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or rarely twining herb; stems wiry, to 2 m long or more, hirsute at first, glabrescent later. Leaflets orbicular to broad-obovate, 6–35 mm long, 6–35 mm wide, upper surface more or less glabrous, lower surface pubescent, apices often notched, sometimes mucronate; petiole 0.5–5 cm long; lateral leaflets subsessile; upper leaflet on petiolule 2–9 mm long; stipules cordate, c. 5 mm long, leafy; stipellae filiform, c. 2 mm long. Flowers usually 1 or 2; peduncle 5–30 mm long; pedicel 5–25 mm long; bracts 2–5 mm long, pubescent, persistent; calyx 6–8 mm long, pubescent; corolla 15–25 mm long, scarlet, rarely white; standard obovate with a yellow basal callus; wings shortest; keel nearly as long as standard. Pod more or less cylindric, 20–50 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, pubescent; seeds 5–8, ovoid, 3–4 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Widespread and often locally common throughout much of Victoria where found 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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Kennedia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Kennedia prostrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kennedia prostrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory