Sphaerolobium minus


Erect rush-like shrub with few faintly ribbed stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-0.5 m high
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesGenerally leafless, occasionally few scattered narrow leaves to 5 mm long.
  • Flower colourYellow with red markings
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersClusters of 2-3 tiny pea flowers forming long terminal spikes. Wings and keel equal length, calyx lead-grey.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in riparian and moist forests. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useSuitable for small moist gardens and rockeries.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusScattered in a few localities within the Shire.
  • Related speciesOften occurs with Sphaerolobium vimineum which differs in that the wings are longer than the keel and the calyx is darkly spotted.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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