Swainsona lessertiifolia DC.

Coast Swainson-pea

Ann. Sci. Nat. (Paris) sér. 1 4: 99 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or ascending perennial herb, to 50 cm tall; stems either densely pubescent with hairs basifixed or sparsely hairy with hairs laterally attached to asymmetrically medifixed. Leaves mostly 6–9 cm long; leaflets 13–21, narrow-elliptic to elliptic, 4–25 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, apices subacute to emarginate, glabrous above, appressed-villous below; stipules 2–7 mm long, hairy outside. Racemes mostly 12–25-flowered; flowers 8–10 mm long; calyx black-hairy, teeth usually shorter than tube; petals purplish, rarely white; standard 10–11 mm long, 8–16 mm wide, broad-ovate, clawed; keel 8–10 mm long, obovate; style tapering, bearded mainly in the upper half; tip straight. Pod obloid or ovoid-obloid, mostly 15–30 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, inflated, covered with tiny white hairs, stipe to c. 3 mm long; seeds up to 20, cordiform, c. 2 mm long, mottled olive-green and black. Flowers mostly Aug.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, EGL, GipP, Glep, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Tas. Locally abundant on sand-hummocks in coastal areas of Victoria but less common east of Wilsons Promontory.

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 lessertiifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Swainsona lessertiifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales