Hardenbergia violacea—False Sarsparilla, Purple Coral Pea—FABACEAE Subfamily FABOIDEAE

Hardenbergia violacea

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Habitat—Widespread in a variety of habitats including margins of rainforest; also cultivated.

Distribution— Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Description— Climbing or prostrate, glabrous subshrub; stems often to 2 m long.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—1—foliolate, lamina ovate to narrow—lanceolate, 3 to 10 cm long, 1 to 5 cm wide, ± leathery, venation prominently reticulate, glabrous; petiole c. 10 mm long, articulated 1 mm from lamina; stipels filiform.

Hardenbergia violacea
Hardenbergia violacea

Inflorescence.— Racemose, upper racemes often forming a terminal panicle, 20 to 30—flowered. Calyx 3 to 4 mm long. Corolla c. 8 mm long, mostly purple; standard with a yellowish spot; wings on a long yellow claw.

Flowering.—Mainly spring.

Fruit.—Pod oblong, 20 to 45 mm long; seeds 6 to 8, 4 to 5 mm long.


Hardenbergia violacea