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Family: Fabaceae
Daviesia leptophylla

Citation: * (see Note opposite), Cunn. ex Don, Gert. Hist. 2:125 (Oct. 1832).

Synonymy: D. corymbosa sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 435 (1948), non Smith; D. virgata Cunn. ex Hook., Curtis's Bot. Mag. 59:t. 3196 (Nov. 1832) D. mimosoides sensu Crisp in Jessop, List Vasc. Pl. S. Aust. 53 (1983), non R.Br.

Common name: None

Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 189 as D. mimosoides.) Shrub 1-2 m high, with glabrous angular branches; phyllodes horizontal, rigid, oblanceolate, narrow-lanceolate to linear, obtuse, rarely acute, 3-10 x 0.5-1 cm, attenuate into the articulate base, thick in texture, greenish, the veins oblique to the midrib, sometimes inconspicuous; stipules absent.

Flowers 5-7 mm long, in axillary few- to 10-flowered solitary or clustered racemes, often distal on peduncles 10-25 mm long, on slender pedicels to 5 mm long; bract(s) at the base of the peduncle and pedicels, navicular, ovate to oblong, 1-2 mm long, glabrous, with fimbriate margins; calyx c. 3 mm long, glabrous, teeth shorter than the tube, fimbriate on the margins, lower 3 triangular, upper 2 united in a broad often emarginate lip; standard twice as long as the calyx, suborbicular, slightly emarginate, brown-yellow, purplish centrally on the back; wings shorter, obovate; keel shorter than the wings, subacute, purple distally.

Pod oblique-triangular, compressed, c. 2.5 x c. 1.7 mm, shortly stipitate, upper suture gently sigmoid, lower curved bluntly through a right angle, light-brown, usually 2-seeded; seed ovate-reniform, c. 2.5 x c. 1.7 mm, brown, mottled black, quite rounded, aril conspicuous, elliptic, yellow.

image of FSA2_Daviesia_lep.jpg Daviesia leptophylla, twig and legume.
Image source: fig 357h in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Costermans (1981

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE.   Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Nov.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: D. mimosoides and D. corymbosa, both of which have been confused with D. leptophylla, occur only in the eastern States.

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