Cullen cinereum (Lindl.) J.W.Grimes

Hoary Scurf-pea

Mulleria 9: 195 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect or ascending annual or perennial herb or subshrub to 1 m tall; stems glabrous or grey-pubescent. Leaves pinnately trifoliolate, to c. 10 cm long; leaflets ovate or elliptic, 1–5 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, both surfaces usually minutely hoary and dotted with glands, apices obtuse, mucronate, margins irregularly toothed; terminal petiolule 5–15 mm long; stipules triangular, acuminate, to c. 4 mm long. Inflorescence rachis 5–15 cm long; peduncles 4–30 cm long, longer than subtending leaves; flowers mostly in 3s along rachis; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bract ovate-acuminate, to c. 2 mm long, hairy. Calyx campanulate, 2–3 mm long, tomentose, teeth unequal, upper 4 shorter than calyx tube, lower one larger and longer than others, as long as calyx tube; corolla 3–4 mm long, blue or pink-purple. Pod reniform, c. 3 mm long, slightly exserted, strigose-pubescent, warty, brown; seed 1, to c. 3 mm long, yellow. Flowers mainly Oct.–May.

MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Endangered in Victoria, known only from a few localities in the far north-west of the state where it grows in moist depressions and on floodplains.

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 Cullen
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cullen cinereum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cullen cinereum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales