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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Leguminosae
Psoralea cinerea

Citation: Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:66 (1838). Comm_name: Annual verbine.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Annual or perennial herb, 10-100 cm high, with ascending or erect quite slender branches, minutely hoary; leaves long-petiolate, 3-10 cm long, with 3 ovate or elliptic leaflets, the terminal one distant from the lateral ones and largest, 5-50 x 3-30 mm, cuneate towards the base, irregularly denticulate, minutely hoary, quite smooth above, faintly pinnately veined below, central vein ending in a mucro, brown-yellow glandular dots visible with the naked eye; stipules triangular-lanceolate, 3-4 mm, thin-leathery.

Inflorescence a 5-15 cm long raceme, flowers shortly pedicellate, ascending (also in fruit), several to many in 3's along the rhachis, longer or shorter than the upright peduncle; bract ovate-acute, c. 2 mm long, persistent; calyx campanulate, 2-3 mm long, very open in fruit, hoary, the lowest tooth rather broader and longer than the others, as long as the tube; petals blue, little longer than the calyx; standard orbicular, longest; wings shorter, obtuse; keel obtuse, shortest.

Pod usually protruding from the calyx, reniform, to 4 mm long, slightly compressed laterally, brown, distinctly wafted with brown-yellow glands, strigose-pubescent, indehiscent; seed reniform, yellow, to 3 mm.

image of FSA2_Psoralea_cin.jpg
Image source: fig. 319C in J.P. Jessop and H.R. Toelken Ed. 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 408.

Distribution:  In flood plains of low lying areas.

  All mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: probably all year round, depending on rainfall.


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Some specimens resemble P. australasica in having a slightly larger inflorescence and more pubescent flowers, but the ripe pod is always exposed and visible in P. cinerea and the calyces inflexed in flowering and fruiting stages.

Author: Not yet available


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