Dillwynia hispida Lindl.

Red Parrot-pea

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Australia 2: 249 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, to 0.6 m tall; stems pubescent to almost glabrous. Leaves linear to filiform, 3–13 mm long, c. 0.6 mm wide, fairly crowded, smooth or minutely tuberculate, with stiff spreading hairs, rarely almost glabrous, obtuse to acute, minutely mucronate, tip incurved; petiole to 1 mm long. Flowers 2–9 in terminal (rarely axillary) corymbose clusters, usually long pedunculate; peduncle to 4 cm long; pedicel 0.5–3 mm long. Calyx 5–8 mm long, with spreading hairs or sometimes virtually glabrous except for a few fine hairs on the lobes; standard 7–12 mm long, notched, orange and red; wings shortest, spathulate, red to crimson; keel acuminate, beaked, usually protruding from wings, red to crimson. Pod ovoid or globular, c. 4 mm long, c. 3.5 mm wide, sessile, villous, slightly exceeding calyx; seed usually 1 Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread across western Victoria where often found in dry inland areas under woodland, open-forest and mallee scrub.

Plants from the far north-west of Victoria are often almost glabrous.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Dillwynia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales