Daviesia laevis Crisp

Australian Systematic Botany 4: 285 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

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

Slender erect shrub 2–4 m tall; branches arching, glabrous, somewhat glaucous; branchlets angular-terete. Phyllodes linear to narrow-elliptic, 4–15 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, grey-green, coriaceous, margins entire, apex acute, tapering gradually to an articulate petiole-like base 2–10 mm long; midrib prominent, secondary venation pinnate, tertiary venation obscure. Inflorescences 1–3 per axil, racemose, 5–15-flowered, rachis usually 20–30 mm long; peduncle 2–10 mm long; pedicels 1.5–4 mm long, subtended by an obovate to spathulate bract 2-mm long. Calyx 4.5–5 mm long including c. 1.5 mm receptacle, upper 2 teeth united into a nearly entire lip; corolla mostly orange-yellow; standard depressed-ovate, 8.5–11 mm long, 9.5–11.5 mm wide, orange-yellow with a brownish-red marking. Pod obliquely triangular, 7–10 mm long, 5–6 mm wide; seeds compressed ovoid, c. 3 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, Gold, GGr. Apparently confined to the Grampians and Mt Cole areas where found mostly in montane gullies on poor sandy or skeletal soils. A collection labelled 'Nowa Nowa, 1900' is of very doubtful provenance.

Possible hybrids with D. leptophylla have been noted near Halls Gap in the Grampians.

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 Daviesia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Daviesia laevis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daviesia laevis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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