Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:200 (1838). Comm_name: Leafless bitter-pea.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Broom-like shrub to 1 m high; branchlets rigid, terete, striate, 1.5-2 mm thick, glabrous, sometimes slightly flexuose; juvenile leaves occasionally present, obovate, 15-30 x 7-10 mm, 2-lobed to hatchet-shaped, attenuate, fleshy; phyllodes regularly spaced, 2-5 mm long, terete, pungent, oblique to and with a wide base continuous with the branches, gradually tapering into the slightly recurved tip.
Flowers 5-6 mm long, in axillary or lateral few-flowered solitary or clustered racemes supported by a phyllode or a bract; bract(s) at the base of each peduncle or pedicel ovate, c. 0.5 mm long, scaly, glabrous; calyx campanulate, 3-4 mm long, including the c. 1 mm long obpyramidal receptacle, on a 1-2 mm long pedicel, glabrous; teeth short-triangular to apiculate, fimbriate, the upper two almost united in an obtuse lip; petals apricot to brown-red; standard transverse-elliptic, retuse, c. 7 mm across, striated, grading from orange to deep-brown-red in the centre; wings oblong-obovate, shorter, deep-red in the centre; keel red with a dark acute pointed much incurved tip.
Pod shortly stipitate, 3-angular, c. 15 x 10 mm, quite inflated, upper suture quite straight, lower bent suddenly to more than a right angle, dark-brown, 1- rarely 2-seeded; seed reniform, c. 3 x 2.5 mm, reddish-brown; aril circular, yellow, medially placed.
||Daviesia brevifolia, twig and legume.
Image source: fig 357f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of western Victoria, fig. 119.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.
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