Sp. Pl. 639 (1753) APNI
Erect, sappy shrub 2–3 m high; branches glaucous, almost glabrous. Leaves 15–35 cm long; leaflets 9–13, lanceolate, 4–12 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, deeply serrate, sessile, green and glabrous on both surfaces; stipules wholly united, lanceolate, usually 5–8 cm long, attached to lower part of petiole. Racemes nodding, 30–40 cm long; pedicels 15–25 mm long; bracts ovate, 15–25 mm long, acuminate. Flowers dense; sepals ovate, shortly pouched at base, sparsely hairy, reddish; upper pair 20–25 mm long, lower 3 shorter; petals oblanceolate, 12–15 mm long, reddish-brown. Capsule 30–40 mm long, deeply 4-lobed, glabrous; seeds ovoid, c. 6 mm long. Flowers mainly spring and summer.
*DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *NIS, *VVP, *WaP. Also natu-ralized SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South Africa. Like M. comosus, cultivated and naturalised (to a greater extent) in southern parts of the state (e.g. Mt Napier, Tyrendarra, Port Albert, Lake Reeve, Mallacoota).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|