Swainsona galegifolia (Andrews) R.Br. ex W.T.Aiton

Smooth Darling-pea

Hortus Kew., edn 2, 4: 327 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect perennial shrub to c. 1 m tall; stems glabrous. Leaves mostly 5–10 cm long; leaflets 11–29, narrow-obovate to elliptic, lateral leaflets 8–20 mm long, 3–10 mm wide, apices obtuse to emarginate, both surfaces glabrous; stipules 2–5 mm long. Racemes mostly 15–20-flowered; flowers 12–15 mm long; calyx glabrous, teeth usually much shorter than tube; petals dark red or organge; standard to 15 mm long, 15–20 mm wide, suborbicular, clawed; keel 10–15 mm long, apex obtuse, obscurely lipped; style tip straight or incurved, sometimes with a few-haired tuft. Pod ellipsoid, mostly 20–40 mm long, 8–12 mm wide, inflated, glabrous, stipe to 10 mm or more long; seeds to c. 20, cordate, 2–3 mm long, brown. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

NIS. Also Qld, NSW. Extremely rare species currently known from only 2 sites in the Wodonga area where it grows in open-forest.

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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Swainsona galegifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona galegifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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