Glycine microphylla

Small-leaf Glycine

Scrambling or twining herb with long stems, rooting at nodes. Coarsely hairy to hairless.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeScrambler
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesLeaves divided into 3 leaflets, central leaflet on longer stalk, pair of 'bracts' at base. Few stiff hairs above, denser below. Veins at right angles to midrib. Leaflets similar size, narrow, pointed 1.5-5 cm x 1-6 mm, juvenile leaflets broader.
  • Flower colourWhite, pink or violet with a white spot
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersCrowded sprays of 5-13 pea flowers in leaf axils.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils tolerating poorly drained soil in winter in moist grassy areas of forests. Semi-shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useA small twiner for cool moist understorey planting.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered within the Shire in a few sites. Disappearing from these sites.
  • Related speciesSimilar to Glycine clandestina but distinguished by unequal distance between central and side leaflets, the venation and the bract-like stipels at the base of the central leaflet.
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2, 4 Colleen Miller ©; 3 Russell Best NatureShare ©

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