Jard. Malmaison 2: 104, t. 104 (1804) APNI
Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)
Twining or occasionally prostrate herb; stems wiry, to 4 m long, rusty-pubescent. Leaflets ovate to lanceolate, obovate or orbicular, mostly 2–12 cm long, 2–8 cm wide, more or less glabrous to pubescent on both surfaces, apices obtuse to notched, sometimes mucronate; petiole 1–5 cm long; lateral leaflets subsessile to shortly petiolulate; upper leaflet on petiolule 5–20 mm long; stipules lanceolate, 2–5 mm long, leafy; stipellae filiform, 1–2 mm long. Inflorescences mostly 4–5 cm long, 2–12-flowered; peduncle mostly 2–7 cm long; pedicel 1–2 cm long; bracts 2–5 mm long, villous, caducous. Calyx 10–15 mm long, densely rusty-hairy. Corolla 30–40 mm long, dark red or purplish; standard narrow-obovate; wings shortest; keel nearly as long as standard. Pod oblong, 5–10 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, compressed, densely rusty-hairy; seeds 10–15, obloid, 5–6 mm long. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.
EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, VVP. Also Qld, NSW. Common in far eastern Victoria where found in open-forests and rainforest margins. Particularly abundant following fires.
Popular in horticulture for its large dark red flowers, and occasionally recorded as an adventive in nearby native vegetation.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|