in Handl., Pl. Kruidk. 10, t. 62 fig. l (1779) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)
Decumbent, wiry subshrub to c. 25 cm high; stems pubescent with tiny looping hairs. Leaves ovate to elliptic, 6–20 mm long, 3–10 mm wide. Flowers mauve in lateral racemes c. 1–2 cm long; bracts and bracteoles to 1 mm long, soon deciduous; pedicels 2–6 mm long; sepals free, the upper and lower ones narrow-ovate, 2–3 mm long, wings ovate to obovate, c. 5 mm long, 3–4 mm wide in fruit, 3–5-nerved with connecting lateral nerves; corolla 6–7 mm long, shortly exceeding sepals at anthesis, keel appendages c. 2 mm long, lateral petals entire, slightly shorter than keel. Capsule c. orbicular, emarginate at apex, c. 8 mm long and wide; seed hirsute, c. 3 mm long, with aril c. 2.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Oct.–Dec.
CVU, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. Rare in grassland and grassy woodlands, mainly in upland areas of the east, but also in lowland plains in the Bairnsdale area. Most Victoiran records are pre-1950 indicating that the species has been much reduced from its former range through habitat loss.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|