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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Dendrolobium umbellatum var. umbellatum
Dendrolobium umbellatum (L.) Benth. var. umbellatum
Bentham, G. (1852) Pl. Jungh.: 216. Type: ?.
Dendrolobium umbellatum (L.) Benth., Pl. Jungh.: 216(1852), Type: ?. Desmodium umbellatum (L.) DC., Prodromus 2: 325(1825), Type: ?. Hedysarum umbellatum L., Species Plantarum: 747(1753), Type: Herb. Hermann vol.2 fol. 26, No. 293; lecto: BM. Fide Pedley in Turland & Jarvis (1997) Taxon 46: 457 - 485. Aeschynomene arborea L., Species Plantarum: 713(1753), Type: Sri Lanka, N of Trincomalie, 1 Sept. 1931, N. D. Simpson 8516; neo: BM. Fide Pedley in Turland & Jarvis (1997) Taxon 46: 457 - 485.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 3-4 m tall.
Middle leaflet larger than the lateral leaflets. Stalk of the middle leaflet much longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Middle leaflet about 7.3-11 x 3.7-6 cm, stalk about 1.3-2.3 cm long. Lateral leaflets about 5-7.5 x 2.2-4 cm, stalks about 0.3-0.7 cm long. Stipules about 1.5-2 mm long, shed early. Stipels about 1-2 mm long.
Cotyledons about 7-9 x 4-5 mm, margins recurved. First true leaf usually simple, second leaf usually trifoliolate. At the tenth leaf stage: compound leaf petioles and leaflet stalks clothed in long, pale-coloured hairs. Stipules large, narrowly triangular, about 1 cm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards to coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range not great, usually found close to sea level. Also occurs in East Africa, Asia, Taiwan, Malesia and the Pacific islands.
Readily browsed by cattle and horses. Hacker (1990).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)