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Hovea longifolia

Citation: R. Br. in W.T. Aiton, Hort. Kew. edn 2, 4:275 (1812) var. longifolia.

Synonymy: H. lanceolata Sims, Curtis's Bot. Mag. 39:t. 1624 (1814); H. longifolia R. Br. var. lanceolata (Sims)Benth., Fl. Aust. 2:173 (1864).

Common name: Rusty pods.

Erect shrubs 2-3 m high, branches tomentose; leaves ovate-elliptic on stout pubescent petioles 2-4 mm long; lamina 15-50 x 4-15 mm, obtuse, with or without a callous point, coriaceous, glabrous above and smooth and shining or densely reticulate, the primary veins when conspicuous transverse or arcuate, the midrib grooved and woolly, underneath conspicuously ridged, brown, the lamina more or less rusty-tomentose.

Flowers 13-15 mm long, shortly pedicellate, in axillary clusters which sometimes grow out into interrupted racemes; bract obovate, c. 2 mm long, often notched, brown, densely pubescent; bracteoles attached just below the calyx, ovate, brown, densely pubescent, persistent; calyx c. 6 mm long, tomentose with grey and reddish hairs, lobes all short, upper 2 broad, truncate, united higher up; standard twice as long as the calyx, blue with darker veins, with a yellow blotch centrally; wings shorter, veined, keel equalling the wings, dark-blue; stamens united in a tube open on the upper side; ovary sessile, gradually narrowing into the style, heavily pubescent, stigma terminal; ovary 2-ovulate.

Pod sessile, obliquely globular or ovoid, 10-15 x 8-10 mm, softly rusty-tomentose to almost villous; seed reniform, c. 3 mm long, black, arillate on the back.

image of FSA2_Hovea_lon.jpg Hovea longifolia twig, flower and legume.
Image source: fig 374b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Williams (1980) Native plants of Queensland 1:161.

Distribution:    N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.

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