Hardenbergia violacea (Schneev.) Stearn

Purple Coral-pea

J. Bot. 78: 70 (1940) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Prostrate or twining subshrub; stems to 2 m long or more. Leaves ovate to narrow-lanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 0.5–6 cm wide, coriaceous, dark green above, paler below, reticulate-veined, glabrous; petiole c. 10 mm long; stipules to c. 5 mm long; stipellae to c. 3 mm long. Racemes mostly 20–40-flowered, sometimes branched; pedicels to c. 10 mm long; calyx 3–4 mm long, glabrous; corolla c. 8 mm long, mostly purple, rarely white; standard notched, reflexed, with a yellow or greenish central spot; wings obovate; keel curved in a semicircle. Pod linear-oblong, 20–45 mm long, 6–10 mm wide, compressed, glabrous, sessile; seeds 6–8, reniform, 4–5 mm long, brown, smooth; aril fleshy. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas.(?introduced). Widespread and often locally common in dryish open-forests and woodlands across much of Victoria but sporadic in far western parts of the State. Found in a variety of habitats and often cultivated.

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 Hardenbergia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hardenbergia violacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hardenbergia violacea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
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
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory