Bossiaea prostrata R.Br.

Creeping Bossiaea

Bot. Mag. 36: t. 1493 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Procumbent subshrub; stems somewhat flattened apically, glabrous or with short appressed or spreading hairs. Leaves alternate, unifoliolate, often rather distant, variable on a single plant, circular to narrow-ovate or oblong, 3–24 mm long, 2–10(–13) mm wide, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; petiole to 5 mm long; stipules narrow-ovate, 1–2 mm long, usually shorter than petiole. Flowers 1 or 2 together, 6–12 mm long; pedicels 1–2 cm long; bracts to 1.5 mm long; bracteoles usually inserted below middle of pedicel, 1–3 mm long, soon deciduous; calyx 3–5 mm long, sparingly pubescent, lobes acute; standard often longer than wings and keel, yellow externally, suffused red and brown, bright yellow internally; ovary ± sessile, c. 8-ovulate. Pods oblong, 1.5–3.2 cm long, glabrous apart from marginal cilia; stipe not exceeding calyx. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Common in southern, central and eastern Victoria, occurring in coastal heath and open-forest on a variety of soil types but favouring moister sites.

Source: Ross, J.H. (1996). Bossiaea. 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 Bossiaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bossiaea prostrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea prostrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory