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Smooth parrot-pea
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Dillwynia glaberrima in Freycinet National Park
Scientific classification
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Genus:
Dillwynia
Species:
D. glaberrima
Binomial name
Dillwynia glaberrima
Sm.
Synonyms
  • Dillwynia glaberrima Labill. [nom. illeg.]
  • Dillwynia ericifolia var. glaberrima (Sm.) Benth.
  • Dillwynia glaberrima var. longipes Blakely
  • Dillwynia glaberrima var. pubescens Blakely

Dillwynia glaberrima, the smooth parrot-pea, is a plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, native to Australia.

Description

This species is a spreading or erect shrub to 2 metres in height with cylindrical leaves to 2.5 cm long, with a short, often recurved apex. The bright yellow pea flowers have red markings and are proportionately quite wide. These appear in dense clusters at the end of the wiry branchlets from August to December (late winter to early summer) in its native range. It bears 4−6mm long pods with sparse hairs.

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described by English botanist James Edward Smith in Annals of Botany in 1805. The type was collected in Port Jackson.

Distribution

Dillwynia glaberrima occurs in woodland, open forest, heathy forest and heathland in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. It is widespread in coastal areas.

Cultivation

The species requires light shade and good drainage.

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