Platylobium montanum I.Thomps.

Muelleria 29 (2): 164 (2011) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, trailing, scrambling or weakly erect shrubs to 2 m high; stems glabrous to densely pubescent. Leaves opposite (occasionally some alternate), unifoliolate; petiole 2–15 mm long; lamina broadly ovate to ovate, 2–5 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, base cordate, occasionally truncate or rounded, apex ± acute, apiculate. Flowers 1–4 per axil; pedicels distinct, exserted from basal bracts and scales; bracteoles convex, 4–10 mm long, overlapping lower half of calyx, brown or reddish-brown, usually obscurely striate, glabrous or with scattered hairs; calyx with scattered to dense appressed hair, upper lobes 5–8(–10) mm long (including tube), lower lobes 3–5.5 mm long; ovary pubescent throughout or on margins or part of valves, occasionally entirely glabrous. Pod with thin wing 1–2(–3) mm wide beyond the upper sutural nerve, usually pubescent.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, WPro.

2 subspecies in Victoria.

Previously included in a broadly defined P. formosum. This species complex has been revised, and is now represented by 6 species (P. formosum, P. rotundum, P. montanum, P. infecundum, P. parviflorum, and P. reflexum). Platylobium formosum sensu stricto is restricted to New South Wales and Queensland. The other 5 species occur in Victoria (Thompson 2011).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-18

Thompson, I.R. (2011). A revision of Platylobium (Fabaceae: Bossiaeeae), Muelleria 29: 154-172.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Platylobium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Platylobium montanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Platylobium montanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory