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Family: Fabaceae
Templetonia stenophylla

Citation: J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 304 (1924).

Synonymy: Bossiaea stenophylla F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:9 (1858); T. muelleri Benth., Fl. Aust. 2:169 (1864).

Common name: Leafy templetonia.

Shrubs or undershrubs with a thick stock and straggling stems to 50 cm long, glabrous, more or less striate to quadrangular; lower leaves narrow-oblong, the upper ones linear, 20-50 x 1-5 mm, gradually tapering into a short articulate wrinkled glabrous petiole, upper surface concave, sometimes conduplicate, mostly smooth, glabrous, lower surface more or less veined, occasionally with sprinkled adnate hairs, the midrib ending in a recurved mucro.

Flowers pedicellate, single, rarely paired, 10-12 mm long, in the axils of the leaves or of scaly bracts less than 1 mm long; pedicels 4-8 mm long, glabrous; bracteoles adnate, distal on the pedicel, ovate, c. 2 mm long, subacute, glabrous except for the ciliate margins; calyx campanulate, 4-8 mm long, glabrous, with short subequal ciliate lobes, upper 2 joined and slightly notched; petals brown-yellow; standard twice as long as the calyx, orbicular, slightly notched, with a darker spot centrally faintly nerved; wings oblong, shorter, auriculate; keel obtuse, sometimes purplish; ovary stipitate, filiform, gradually narrowing into a long style with a capitellate stigma, glabrous, 6-8-ovulate.

Pod on a long stipe, oblique-oblong, c. 20 x 7-10 mm, almost turgid; seeds 1-3, ovate, 3.5-4.5 x 2-2.5 mm and to 1.2 mm thick, reddish-brown, with a raised aril.

image of FSA2_Templetonia_ste.jpg Templetonia stenophylla twig, flower and legume.
Image source: fig 379a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  S.Aust.: MU, SE.   Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.

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