Glycine latrobeana (Meisn.) Benth.

Clover Glycine

Fl. Austral. 2: 244 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Decumbent or ascending herb; stems short, non-stoloniferous, hirsute to strigose. Leaves palmately trifoliolate, dimorphic, petiole 0.5–5 cm long; leaflets sessile to subsessile; those of mature leaves obovate to more or less orbicular, 5–20 mm long, 4–12 mm wide, thin, apices obtuse to retuse, cuneate; those of immature leaves often elliptic; upper surface glabrous; lower surface silky-strigose; stipules suborbicular to broad-ovate or reniform, 1.5–2 mm long, striate; stipels (subtending lateral leaflets only) minute and caducous; leaflet reticulation often more or less obvious. Racemes 3–8-flowered; peduncles mostly 5–10 cm long, slender, hirsute. Flowers on pedicels 0.5–1 mm long, usually compact and distal on rachis; bract elliptic to broad-ovate, 0.5–1.2 mm long, strigose; calyx 2.5–6 mm long, rusty-strigose, lower 3 teeth about the same length as tube; petals usually deep purple; standard 8–9 mm long; keel shorter than wings. Pod linear-lanceolate, 2–2.5 cm long, c. 5 mm wide, dark brown, strigose; seeds 3–5, ovoid, c. 3 mm long, smooth to minutely muricate, dark brown. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.(–Feb. at higher altitudes).

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread but of sporadic occurrence and rarely encountered. Grows mainly in grasslands and grassy woodlands.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Glycine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glycine latrobeana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glycine latrobeana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory