Gompholobium ecostatum Kuchel

Dwarf Wedge-pea

in H.Eichler, Suppl. Black’s Fl. South Australia, edn 2, 182 (1965) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect shrub, to c. 50 cm tall; stems wiry, covered with short spreading hairs. Leaves sessile, trifoliolate; leaflets linear, linear-lanceolate or linear-oblanceolate, 3–15 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, shortly petiolulate, glabrous or with short stiff hairs, margins revolute; stipules subulate, c. 1 mm long. Flowers 15–20 mm long, solitary or paired; pedicel to c. 10 mm long, as long as calyx. Calyx to c. 8 mm long, black, glabrous outside, lobes valvate, triangular-lanceolate, acute, nearly reaching base of calyx, not ridged at edges, inside margins tomentose; petals apricot to reddish, sometimes yellow; keel usually minutely ciliate along edges; ovules 15–20 in two rows. Pod obliquely ovoid, 10–12 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, turgid, glabrous, sessile; seeds numerous, reniform, c. 1 mm long, light-brown. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

Brid, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Scattered across southern Victoria west from Wilsons Promontory and extending inland as far as the Little Desert in the western part of the State. Found in heathland and heathy woodland, often on sandy soils.

The related New South Wales species G. minus Sm. differs in having yellow flowers and vertical ridges along the junctions of the calyx lobes when in bud. Gompholobium ecostatum is imperfectly separated from G. huegelii, which is generally distinguished by its yellow petals, distinctly ciliate margins of keel petals, and usually glabrous stems.

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: Andre Messina, 2017-07-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Gompholobium
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales