Chamaecytisus palmensis (H.Christ) F.A.Bisby & K.W.Nicholls

Tree Lucerne

Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 74: 114 (1977) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub or small tree to 4 m tall; branches pendent, softly hairy. Leaves trifoliolate, shortly petiolate; leaflets narrow-elliptic, 10–45 mm long, 4–13 mm wide, upper surface glabrous, lower surface appressed-hairy, apex acute, mucronate; petiolules to c. 2 mm. Flowers 3–7 or more; pedicels 3–10 mm long, slender, pubescent; calyx 9–10 mm long, lower lip obscurely 3-toothed, longer than the divaricately 2-toothed upper lip; corolla cream to white, c. 15 mm long; standard reniform, sides recurved, medially pubescent on back. Pod linear-oblong, 40–60 mm long, c. 12 mm wide, densely pilose, on a stalk to c. 20 mm long; seeds 4–10, elliptic-cordate, c. 4 mm long, compressed, dark brown to black, shiny; aril large, pale yellow. Flowers mainly Aug.–Oct.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to the Canary islands. A garden or hedge plant that has become widely established, mainly in higher rainfall parts of the State; often found around old habitations and readily invades disturbed areas such as roadsides.

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, 2019-01-18
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chamaecytisus palmensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chamaecytisus palmensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory