Gompholobium latifolium Sm.

Giant Wedge-pea

Ann. Bot. (König & Sims) 1: 505 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, to c. 3 m tall; stems more or less glabrous, smooth. Leaves shortly petiolate, trifoliolate; leaflets linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, mostly 25–50 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous, margins flat or recurved; stipules minute or absent. Flowers 1–3, 20–30 mm long, terminal or axillary; pedicel to c. 10 mm long, often appearing longer due to bud or flower drop. Calyx 12–15 mm long, dark green to black, glabrous outside, lobes valvate, lanceolate, acute, nearly reaching base of calyx, not ridged at edges, inside margins tomentose; petals yellow; keel incurved, sometimes greenish, densely ciliate along edges, hairs to 1 mm long; ovules 12–15. Pod ovoid to obloid, to 18 mm long, to 10 mm wide, turgid, glabrous, stipitate; seeds numerous, reniform, to c. 3 mm long, pale brown to reddish-brown. Flowers mainly Sep.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, Strz. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered across southern parts of eastern Victoria and generally uncommon. Found in dry sclerophyll forests, often on sandy or gravelly soils.

Similar to G. huegelii but generally larger in all respects.

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 Gompholobium
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory