Dillwynia floribunda

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Dillwynia floribunda
Pea Flower Towlers Track Ku-ring-gai Chase.jpg
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Mirbelieae
Genus: Dillwynia
Species: D. floribunda
Binomial name
Dillwynia floribunda
Sm.

Dillwynia floribunda is a common bushy shrub found north of Ulladulla in moist areas of eastern Australia. It grows from 1 to 2 metres tall, the habitat is wet heathland, often on poor sandy soils. The specific epithet floribunda is from Latin, and it refers to the abundance of yellow and red flowers.[1] This attractive species has a common name of the Parrot Pea. Though casually remarked by bushwalkers as one of the egg & bacon group of wildflowers.

Flowers are in pairs, but they give the impression of being in a terminal inflorescence, being so closely packed together. Leaves are usually twisted, but may be straight in some individuals. Leaves flattened, or triangular in cross section; 5 to 15 mm long, rough and somewhat bumpy. The original specimen was collected in Sydney, and first published in 1805 by the eminent English botanist, James Edward Smith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 77