Glycine tabacina

Variable Glycine

Scrambling or twining herb with long stems, scrambling plants rooting at nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeTwining 0.2-2 m
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesScattered leaves divided into 3 stiffly hairy leaflets, on stalks 5-50 mm long. Lower leaflets broad to elliptic 10-15 mm x 8-14 mm, upper leaflets elliptic-lance-shaped to egg-shaped 0.7-6 cm x 3-10 mm, terminal leaflet largest, on a longer stalk.
  • Flower colourBlue to purple
  • Flowering timeOctober to May
  • FlowersLoose sprays of 4-12 pea flowers on stalks 2-12 cm long in upper axils.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in grassy forests and woodlands. Sensitive to frost. Full sun, partial shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive light scrambler for dryer gardens. Allow to scramble on fences or amongst shrubs.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - taproot chewed
  • Related speciesGlycine latrobeana has been noted as occurring in the Shire. It is likely to be a misidentification for G. tabacina which occurs in the same area. G. latrobeana has shorter, erect, non-twining stems, roundish, often stalkless leaflets & lacks leaf-like bracts.
Photographer/s: 1 M. Parkes © Australian National Botanic Garden; 2, 3 Murray Fagg © Australian National Botanic Garden

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