Gompholobium huegelii Benth.

Common Wedge-pea

in Endl.et al., Enum. Pl. 29 (1837) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub, to c. 1 m tall; stems more or less glabrous, smooth or tuberculate. Leaves shortly petiolate, trifoliolate; leaflets linear to oblanceolate, mostly 5–20 mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous, margins revolute; stipules minute, bristly. Flowers 15–20 mm long, solitary or few in terminal racemes; pedicel to c. 15 mm long, often appearing longer due to bud or flower drop. Calyx to c. 10 mm long, dark green to black, glabrous outside; lobes valvate, triangular-lanceolate, acute, nearly reaching base of calyx, not ridged at edges, inside margins tomentose; petals yellow, often with greenish markings; keel densely ciliate along edges, hairs to 0.5 mm long; ovules 12–20. Pod ovoid, to 15 mm long, to 10 mm wide, turgid, glabrous, stipitate; seeds numerous, reniform, to c. 3 mm long, light-brown. Flowers Sep.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. Scattered widely across higher rainfall parts of Victoria and often locally common. Found in heathland and dry sclerophyll forests, often on sandy or gravelly soils.

Very variable species particularly in terms of leaflet size and shape and flower and calyx sizes. Some specimens from the north-east of Victoria (e.g. from Benalla, Granya, Chiltern, Greta South) approach G. latifolium in flower and calyx sizes but have shorter, narrower leaflets like those of G. huegelii.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Gompholobium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gompholobium huegelii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gompholobium huegelii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory