Platylobium montanum subsp. prostratum I.Thomps.

Muelleria 29 (2): 166 (2011) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Widely spreading, prostrate shrubs, rooting at nodes. Leaves opposite, occasionally with a portion of leaves alternate; base shallowly cordate, truncate or rounded; petiole 3–15 mm long. Flowers sporadic and often relatively few flowers produced; pedicles 15–25 mm long; bracteoles inserted 1–7 mm below receptacle; calyx 6–10 mm long, upper lobes 4–7 mm wide. Pods rarely developed. Sep.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HSF. Occurs on the southern side of the Great Dividing Range, growing in the understorey of woodland and open forest.

Generally distinguished from Platylobium montanum subsp. montanum by its prostrate habit. However, intermediates may be found where the two subspecies co-occur (e.g. near Taradale). Platylobium montanum subsp. prostratum resembles P. infecundum and P. rotundum (both also prostrate, with rounded leaves, and somewhat infecund), the latter distinguished by its consistently alternate leaves, and the former distinguished by its longer petioles, less hairy calyces, and recurved bracteoles.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-07
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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 subsp. prostratum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Platylobium montanum subsp. prostratum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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