Bossiaea vombata J.H.Ross

Muelleria 26 (2): 55 (2008) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Erect rhizomatous shrub to 1.2 m high, ±glabrous, new growth often sparsely hairy; branches flattened and winged, ultimate branches of cladodes 2–10 mm wide, recess at nodes absent or very shallow, greyish green (green when young). Leaves reduced to scales 2–4 mm long, up to 1 mm wide from midrib to margin, venation obscure. Flowers usually solitary, 7–10 mm long; pedicels c. 2 mm long; bracts several, conspicuous, reddish-brown, distichous, 2–3 mm long, persistent; bracteoles inserted near base, caducous; calyx 4–5 mm long, glabrous; standard ± equal in length to other petals, deep yellow, sometimes suffused with red on inner surface; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous, 4–6-ovuled. Mature pods very rarely produced. All known occurrences are clonal. Flowers Oct.

CVU, EGU, MonT. Known from a few populations in the Wombat State Forest near Daylesford, with historic records based on herbarium sheets that appear to be the same entity, from East Gippsland (Snowy River gorge and Bendoc areas). Plants grow in open forest near Daylesford, and a Snowy River specimen notes 'sandy-rocky banks of the river' (Mueller, 1854). The habitat near Bendoc is unknown.

Closely resembles Bossiaea bracteosa and B. grayi. Distinguished from the former by the scarcely recessed nodes on ultimate cladodes and the narrower cladode scales that lack distinct venation. Bossiaea grayi is distinguished from B. vombata and B. bracteosa by its shorter cladode scales.      

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-04-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Bossiaea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bossiaea vombata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea vombata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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