Swainsona reticulata J.M.Black

Fl. South Australia 2: 320 (1924)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Prostrate or ascending perennial herb, to c. 15 cm tall; stems pubescent with antrorsely divergent or spreading hairs; hairs basifixed or laterally attached at base. Leaves mostly 1–7 cm long; leaflets 5–17, obovate, elliptic or narrowly linear-lanceolate, 3–15 mm long, usually 1–3 mm wide, irregular, apices acute, obtuse or retuse, both surfaces appressed-pubescent, or upper surface glabrous; stipules 2–7 mm long. Racemes subumbellate, mostly 3–7-flowered; flowers 5–10 mm long; calyx pubescent, hairs dark, light or mixed, teeth equal to or longer than tube; petals purplish; standard 8–10 mm long, 7–11 mm wide, broad-ovate, clawed; keel 6–8 mm long, apices obtuse to acute, barely twisted; style tip broad, wing-like, geniculate. Pod cylindric to narrow-obovoid, mostly 15–22 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, pubescent, stipe to c. 4 mm long; seeds c. 20, cordate, c. 1.7 mm long, olive-green to brown. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Very rare in Victoria, mainly in north-west but with a 1947 collection from Cobram, and a doubtful eastern record from near Wodonga. Usually growing on alluvial flats in grassland and grassy woodland.

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, 2019-05-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Swainsona
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Swainsona reticulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona reticulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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