Bossiaea cordigera Benth. ex Hook.f.

Wiry Bossiaea

Fl. Tasman. 1: 95 ; t. 16 (1855) (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Straggling, wiry shrub to 1.3 m high; stems terete, pubescent when young. Leaves opposite, unifoliolate, ovate, 3–6 mm long, 1.5–7 mm wide, usually slightly cordate; margins recurved; stipules triangular or narrow-triangular, c. equal to petiole. Flowers axillary, solitary, 5–10 mm long; pedicels slender, 5–20 mm long; bracts to 1 mm long; bracteoles 0.5–1 mm long, inserted above middle of pedicel, persistent; calyx 3–5 mm long, upper lobes very much larger than lower, glabrous or almost so; standard longer than wings and keel, mainly brownish externally and yellow internally; ovary stipitate, 4–8-ovuled, glabrous. Pods narrow-oblong, 1.5–2.8 cm long; stipe greatly exceeding calyx. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, Gold, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP. Also Tas. Occurs sporadically in south-western and central Victoria, apparently nowhere common. Favours moist situations in heathland, heathy woodland and open-forest.

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 cordigera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea cordigera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

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New South Wales