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Family: Fabaceae
Swainsona dictyocarpa

Citation: J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 54:60 (1930).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Small ascending plant to 6 cm high, almost glabrous, few basifixed hairs on the branches, young leaflets and pedicels; leaves with 3-7 leaflets, on petioles 10-15 mm long; leaflets narrowly elliptic to oblong or obovate, 5-9 x 2-4 mm, the terminal being longer to 15 mm; stipules lanceolate, 1-2 mm long, sparsely ciliate.

Flowers 8-10 mm long, on pedicels c. 2 mm long, in 2-6-flowered racemes, on peduncles 25-100 mm long; bract obovate-lanceolate, 1-2 mm long, scarious, ciliate; bracteoles triangular, to 0.5 mm long, herbaceous, ciliate; calyx 5-6 mm long, glabrous except for the ciliate margins; teeth lanceolate, longer than the tube; standard suborbicular, as long as broad, slightly notched, with a pair of folds or calli above the broad c. 2 mm long claw, drying blue; wings shorter, oblong-obovate, with auricles above the narrow 2-3 mm long claw; keel equalling the wings, obovate, obtuse, without pouches or folds, with lobate auricles above the c. 3 mm long claw, tip markedly blue (dried); ovary glabrous, gradually attenuate into a rigid style flattened below and densely bearded in the upper part; the tip of the style straight or slightly inflexed.

Pod subcylindrical, c. 12-14 x 3-5 mm, slightly curved, impressed along the suture, reticulate-pitted, glabrous; seed cordiform, c. 2.5 mm long, slightly compressed, brown, smooth.

image of FSA2_Swainsona_dic.jpg
Image source: fig. 331A in J.P. Jessop and H.R. Toelken Ed. 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  S.Aust.: GT.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Oct.

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