Swainsona behriana F.Muell. ex J.M.Black

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 51: 379 (1927) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate or ascending perennial herb, to c. 15 cm tall; stems pubescent with spreading to divergent hairs; hairs basifixed or laterally attached at base. Leaves mostly 3–5 cm long; leaflets 9–13, narrow-elliptic to obovate, lateral leaflets 5–15 mm long, usually 1–3 mm wide, terminal leaflet somewhat longer, apices acute, rarely obtuse or retuse, both surfaces appressed-pubescent, or upper surface glabrous; stipules 2–5 mm long. Racemes subumbellate, mostly 2–7-flowered; flowers 7–10 mm long; calyx pubescent, hairs brown to black, teeth usually more or less equal to tube; petals purplish; standard 7–8 mm long, 9–12 mm wide, broad-ovate, clawed; keel c. 7–9 mm long, apex obtuse, twisted; style slightly twisted, tip inflexed or geniculate. Pod obloid, mostly 10–18 mm long, 3–7 mm wide, pubescent, stipe to c. 5 mm long; seeds c. 20, cordate, c. 1.7 mm long, olive-green to brown. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

CVU, EGU, Glep, Gold, HNF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Rare, widespread but sporadic in Victoria, mostly in lowlands west of Melbourne, but extending to montane areas in the east (e.g. Omeo, Cobungra, Gelantipy). Usually found in grassland and grassy woodland on relatively fertile soils.

Rare, widespread but sporadic in Victoria, mostly in lowlands west of Melbourne, but extending to montane areas in the east (e.g. Omeo, Cobungra, Gelantipy)

A 2011 record of Swainsona monticola A.Cunn. ex Benth. from near Suggan Buggan in eastern Victoria was based on a misdetermined specimen of S. behriana.

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, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Swainsona
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Swainsona behriana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona behriana 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
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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