Kennedia rubicunda (Schneev.) Vent.

Dusky Coral-pea

Jard. Malmaison 2: 104, t. 104 (1804) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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.   

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: Andre Messina, 2017-07-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Kennedia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Kennedia rubicunda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kennedia rubicunda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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