Kennedia prostrata

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Running postman
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Kennedia prostrata in Drummond Nature Reserve.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Genus: Kennedia
Species: K. prostrata
Binomial name
Kennedia prostrata
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Occurrence data from AVH

Kennedia prostrata, commonly known as running postman[3] or scarlet runner[4] or scarlet coral pea[3], is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, endemic to Australia.

It is a prostrate or twining shrub which can spread to a width of 1.5 metres (5 ft) and has light green leaves that comprise 3 rounded leaflets with undulating edges.[5] Scarlet pea flowers are produced singly or in pairs between April and November in its native range.[6] These are followed by cylindrical pods that are 3–5 centimetres (1–2 in) long.[3]

The species was first formally described by Robert Brown in 1812 in Hortus Kewensis.[1][2]

It is native to the states of Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.[3] However, Jeanes (1996) [7][8] states that it is found in all Australian states, except the Northern Territory.


Cultivation[edit]

Kennedia prostrata at Geelong Botanic Gardens.

The species is naturally adapted to sandy or lighter soils and prefers a sunny position.[5][6] It is resistant to drought and has some frost tolerance. Plants can be propagated by scarified seed.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kennedia prostrata". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
  2. ^ a b Brown, R. 1812. Hortus Kewensis 4:299 Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kennedia prostrata". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
  4. ^ Florabase Kennedia prostrataWestern Australian Herbarium, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Bodkin, Frances (1991). Encyclopaedia Botanica. Australia: Cornstalk Publishing. ISBN 0207150648.
  6. ^ a b "Kennedia prostrata". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  7. ^ VicFlora Flora of Victoria Kennedia prostrataRoyal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria. Retrieved 2 July 2018
  8. ^ Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne