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Bossiaea walkeri
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  • Lalage Lindl.
  • Scottia R.Br. ex Ait.

Bossiaea is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family Fabaceae, consisting of about 70 species which are native to Australia. The genus is named in honour of Joseph Hugues Boissieu La Martinière, a botanist on La Pérouse's expedition to Australia.


Bossiaea comprises the following species:

  • Bossiaea aquifolium Benth.―Water bush
    • subsp. aquifolium Benth.
    • subsp. laidlawiana (Tovey & P.Morris) J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea arenicola J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea armitii F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea bossiaeoides (Benth.) Court
  • Bossiaea bracteosa Benth.―Mountain leafless bossiaea
  • Bossiaea brownii Benth.
  • Bossiaea buxifolia A.Cunn.―Matted bossiaea
  • Bossiaea carinalis Benth.
  • Bossiaea cinerea R.Br.―Showy bossiaea
    • var. cinerea R.Br.
    • var. tenuicaulis (Graham) J.M.Black
  • Bossiaea concinna Benth.
  • Bossiaea cordigera Hook.f.―Wiry bossiaea
  • Bossiaea cucullata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea decumbens F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea dentata (R.Br.)Benth.
  • Bossiaea disticha Lindl.
  • Bossiaea divaricata Turcz.
  • Bossiaea ensata DC.―Sword bossiaea
  • Bossiaea eriocarpa Benth.
  • Bossiaea foliosa A.Cunn.―Leafy bossiaea
  • Bossiaea halophila J.H.Ross.
  • Bossiaea heterophylla Vent.―Variable bossiaea
  • Bossiaea kiamensis Benth.
  • Bossiaea lenticularis DC.
  • Bossiaea leptacantha E.Pritzel
  • Bossiaea linophylla R.Br.
  • Bossiaea modesta J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea neo-anglica F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea obcordata (Vent.) Druce―Spiny bossiaea
  • Bossiaea oligosperma A.Lee
  • Bossiaea ornata Benth.
  • Bossiaea oxyclada Turcz.
  • Bossiaea peduncularis Turcz.
  • Bossiaea praetermissa J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea preissii Meisn.
  • Bossiaea prostrata R.Br.―Creeping bossiaea
  • Bossiaea pulchella Meisn.
  • Bossiaea rhombifolia DC.
    • subsp. concolor (Maiden & E.Betcke) A.Lee
    • subsp. rhombifolia DC.
  • Bossiaea riparia Benth.―River leafless bossiaea
  • Bossiaea rosmarinifolia Lindl.―Grampians bossiaea
  • Bossiaea rufa R.Br.
    • var. foliosa (Meisn.) Benth.
    • var. rufa R.Br.
    • var. virgata (Hook.) Benth.
  • Bossiaea rupicola Benth.
  • Bossiaea scolopendria (Andrews) Smith
  • Bossiaea scortechinii F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea sericea I.Thomps.
  • Bossiaea spinescens Meissner
  • Bossiaea spinosa (Turcz.) Domin.
  • Bossiaea stephensonii F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea tasmanica I.Thomps.
  • Bossiaea walkeri F.Muell.―Cactus bossiaea, Cactus pea
  • Bossiaea webbii F.Muell.―Water bush

Species names with uncertain taxonomic status

The status of the following species is unresolved:

  • Bossiaea aculeata F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea arcuata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea atrata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea aurantiaca J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea barbarae J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea barrettiorum J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea battii (F.Muell.) Tate
  • Bossiaea biloba Benth.
  • Bossiaea bombayensis K.L.McDougall
  • Bossiaea bosseioides (A.Cunn. ex Benth.) Court
  • Bossiaea calcicola J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea calycina Benth.
  • Bossiaea celata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea coccinea Bonpl.
  • Bossiaea cordifolia Sweet
  • Bossiaea decumbens F.Muell. nom. inval., nom. nud.
  • Bossiaea distichoclada F. Muell.
  • Bossiaea egena (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea endlicheri Meisn.
  • Bossiaea eremaea J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea flexuosa J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea fragrans K.L.McDougall
  • Bossiaea gilbertii Turcz.
  • Bossiaea grayi K.L.McDougall
  • Bossiaea hendersoni hort. ex Regel
  • Bossiaea humilis Meisn.
  • Bossiaea inundata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea lalagoides F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea lanceloata Sims
  • Bossiaea lanceolata (Andrews) Sims
  • Bossiaea laxa J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea linnaeoides G.Don
  • Bossiaea microphylla (Sims) Sm.
  • Bossiaea milesiae K.L.McDougall
  • Bossiaea nervosa Meisn.
  • Bossiaea nummularia Endl.
  • Bossiaea ovalifolia Endl.
  • Bossiaea ovata (Andrews) G.Don
  • Bossiaea paucifolia Benth. ex Lindl.
  • Bossiaea phylloclada F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea rigida Turcz.
  • Bossiaea rotundifolia DC.
  • Bossiaea saxosa J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea simulata J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea smithiorum J.H.Ross
  • Bossiaea stenophylla F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea stenophylla F.Muell.
  • Bossiaea strigillosa Benth
  • Bossiaea vombata J.H.Ross―Wombat bossiaea
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