Aotus subspinescens (Benth.) Crisp

Mallee Aotus

Fl. South Australia 2: 658 (1986) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Variable shrub to 60 cm tall, branches short, often spine-tipped; stems with hairs usually short, curved, often rusty. Leaves opposite, alternate or in irregular whorls of 3 or more, narrow-linear, 3–10 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, upper surface becoming glabrous, lower surface with scattered long hairs; margins revolute; petiole c. 1 mm long. Flowers 1 or 2 in upper axils, forming a leafy raceme; pedicels 2–3 mm long, sparsely hairy; bracts c. 1 mm long; calyx 3–4 mm long, villous, teeth acute; petals 5–10 mm long; standard yellow and red; keel crimson to purple. Pod ovoid, 4–6 mm long, turgid, villous; seeds 2, c. 2.5 mm long, black, reticulate. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Apparently confined to the far north-west of Victoria where found in mallee communities on deep sandy soils.

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: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Aotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aotus subspinescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aotus subspinescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales