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Habit, flowers and fruit.. Copyright CSIRO
Learf, flowers and fruit.. Copyright Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Herbarium specimen. Copyright CSIRO
Desmodium gunnii Benth. ex Hook.f.
Hooker, J.D. (1856) The botany of the Antarctic voyage of H.M. discovery ships Erebus and Terror . III. Flora Tasmaniae 1(2): 101. Type: Gunn, 243.
Leaves trifoliolate, petioles 10-30 mm long; leaflet blades 6-15 x 6-15 mm, leaflet stalks ca. 1 mm long. Central leaflet larger than the lateral leaflets, cuneate and truncate at the apex, 6-20 x 7-11 mm, subglabrous. Stipels setaceous, 0.5-2 mm long
Inflorescences terminal or in the leaf axils, up to 16 cm long, open, Flowers ca. 3 mm diam. Pedicels 6-7 mm long, clothed in hooked hairs. Calyx tube campanulate, 1-1.2 mm long, lobes 0.7-1 mm long. Corolla pink to lavender, standard 3-4 x 3-4 mm, wings ca. 4 x 2 mm, keel ca. 4 x 2 mm. Stamens 10, 9 fused to form a tube ca. 3 mm long open on one side, 1 stamen free. Ovary ca. 3 mm long, clothed in fine hairs.
Fruits flattened, 13-25 x 2 mm, consisting of 3-6 segments or articles, each 3.5-5 mm long and clothed in hooked hairs. Calyx segments persistent at the base of each fruit. Embryo ca. 3 mm long. Seeds ca. 3 mm long, reniform.
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Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CQ and NSW. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1020 m. Grows in open areas in rainforest, Eucalypt forest, various types of woodland, shrubland and wooded grassland. Also occurs in Tasmania and Papua New Guinea to New Caledonia.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)