Glycine tabacina (Labill.) Benth.

Variable Glycine

Fl. Austral. 2: 244 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Scrambling or twining herb; stems elongated, stoloniferous on scrambling plants, hirsute to glabrous. Leaves sometimes dimorphic, pinnately trifoliolate, petiole 0.5–5 cm long; leaflets of upper leaves elliptic-lanceolate to ovate or linear, 0.7–6 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, apices acute to obtuse; leaflets of lower leaves usually broad-obovate to elliptic, 10–15 mm long, 8–14 mm wide, apices obtuse, truncate or retuse; upper surface sparsely strigose to glabrous; lower surface more densely strigose; stipules triangular to oblong-lanceolate; stipellae present on all petiolules, often persistent; leaflet reticulation obvious. Racemes in upper axils, 4–12-flowered; peduncles 2–12 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 1–4 mm long, usually arranged loosely and distally on rachis; bract subulate, 1–2 mm long; calyx 3–4 mm long, sparsely hairy to glabrous, lower 3 teeth usually shorter than the tube; petals blue, purple or mauve; standard 5–10 mm long; keel shorter than wings. Pod linear, 1.5–3 cm long, 3–4.5 mm wide, compressed, strigose to downy; seeds 3–6, obloid to ovoid, 1.7–3 mm long, smooth, dull or shining, purplish-black. Flowers mostly Oct.–Apr.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland States. Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Asia. Scattered widely and sporadically across much of Victoria, but less common in the west. Grows in open, grassy situations, often in drier forests and woodlands.

A very variable species, particularly in terms of the indumentum and leaf size, shape and degree of dimorphism.

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, 2018-07-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Glycine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glycine tabacina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glycine tabacina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory