Kennedia rubicunda

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Dusky coral pea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Genus: Kennedia
Species: K. rubicunda
Binomial name
Kennedia rubicunda

Glycine rubicunda Curtis

Kennedia rubicunda (dusky coral pea) is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, endemic to Australia. It occurs in the states of Victoria and New South Wales and Queensland.[1]

It is a vigorous climber which stems up to 4 metres in length and has oval-shaped leaflets in threes that are about 3 to 12 cm long.[1] Dark red pea flowers are produced in racemes from late winter to spring (peaking from October to December)[2] and are followed by pods.[1]

The species was first published in 1795 under the later rejected name of Glycine rubicunda (Dingy-flowered Glycine) by in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. In 1804 it was published under its current name by E.P. Ventenant in Jardin de la Malmaison.[3]


This plant is noted for its vigour and can be used to cover embankments or structures.[4] The species is adapted to a range of well-drained soils and adapts to positions with sun or partial shade.[5] It is resistant to drought and has some frost tolerance.[5] The species can be propagated by scarified seed or cuttings of semi-mature growth.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Kennedia rubicunda". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ Morcombe, Michael (1991). Australia's Wildflowers (Réimpr. ed.). Sydney: The Book Company and Ure Smith Press. p. 26. ISBN 0725408731. 
  3. ^ "Kennedia rubicunda". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  4. ^ Greig, D. (1987). The Australian Gardener's Wildflower Catalogue. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0207154600. 
  5. ^ a b c Bodkin, Frances (1991). Encyclopaedia Botanica. Australia: Cornstalk Publishing. ISBN 0207150648.