Sphaerolobium vimineum

Leafless Globe-pea

Erect wiry rush-like shrub with few faintly ribbed stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1 m x 0.2-0.7 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesGenerally leafless, occasionally few scattered narrow leaves to 8 mm long.
  • Flower colourYellow with red markings
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersClusters of 2-3 tiny pea flowers forming long terminal spikes. Wings longer than keel, calyx green with dark spots.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in riparian and moist forests and woodlands. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useSmall gardens and rockeries in moist positions. The shrub is inconspicuous until it flowers
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusScattered in a few localities within the Shire.
  • Related speciesOften occurs with Sphaerolobium minus which differs in having keel and wings the same length and slate grey calyx.
Photographer/s: 1 Owen Gooding ©; 2 Gordon Carter ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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