Fragm. 1: 9 (1858)
Prostrate to procumbent shrub to 30 cm high, sometimes mat-forming; stems terete, with sparse appressed or spreading hairs. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate, elliptic to ovate or rotund, 2–5 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, often cordate at base, discolorous; lower surface glabrescent, venation often conspicuous; margins recurved; stipules narrow-triangular, greatly exceeding petiole. Flower solitary, 8–10 mm long, usually aggregated at ends of short lateral branches; pedicels 10–25 mm long; bracts to 1.5 mm long; bracteoles 1–2 mm long, inserted above middle of pedicel, persistent; calyx 3–6 mm long, tube much shorter than upper lobes, upper lobes 2.5–3.5 mm long, very much larger than lower; standard slightly longer than wings and keel, suffused red externally, yellow internally; keel more than 6 mm long; ovary ± sessile, glabrous except ciliate margins, 6–10-ovuled; style 3–6 mm long. Pods narrow-oblong, 2–3 cm long; stipe not or scarcely exceeding calyx. Flowers Sep.–Feb.
CVU, EGL, EGU, Gold, HNF, HSF, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Occurs in a variety of habitats in central and eastern Victoria up to 1400 m altitude, including dry sclerophyll forest, grassland, open woodland and heathland.
Bossiaea decumbens has been segregated from B. buxifolia, the latter now thought to be largely restricted in eastern Victoria on ranges east of Omeo. Bossiaea decumbens closely resembles B. buxifolia in almost all aspects, with B. decumbens distinguished by the larger calyx, with upper lobes distinctly longer than lower lobes, and the longer keel petals and style. Vegetatively, leaves of B. decumbens tend to have less strongly recurved margins, and are sometimes less hairy than those of B. buxifolia.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|