Kennedia rubicunda—Dusky Coral Pea—FABACEAE Subfamily FABOIDEAE

Kennedia rubicunda

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Habitat—Widespread in a variety of habitats, especially in coastal districts.

Distribution—North from Tasmania to Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Twining or sometimes prostrate herb; stems to 4 m long, ± rusty—pubescent.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, 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, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, 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, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— 3—foliolate; leaflets ovate to lanceolate, occasionally ± circular, 3 to 12 cm long, 2 to 8 cm wide, ± glabrous to rusty-pubescent on both surfaces; stipules lanceolate, 2 to 4 mm long.

Kennedia rubicunda
Kennedia rubicunda

Inflorescence—Racemes mostly 4 to 5 cm long, 2 to 12—flowered; peduncle mostly 2 to 7 cm long; bracts caducous. Calyx 10 to 15 mm long, densely rusty—hairy. Corolla 30 to 40 mm long, dark red or purple; standard narrow—obovate.

Flowering.—Late winter to spring.

Fruit—Pod compressed, 5 to 10 cm long, densely rusty—hairy; seeds c. 14, oblong.

Ripe.—Summer.

Kennedia rubicunda