Slender twining hairy or almost hairless perennial mostly along coast or in sclerophyll forest. There are quite a few of these small climbers on dry hillsides (members of the pea family) including the native glycines.

Leaves 3-foliate. Terminal leaflet ovate-elliptic or oblong or narrow, 20-50 x 6-20 mm, hairless above, prominently veined below, lateral leaflets similar, smaller.

Common names might include “Florida Hammock Milkpea”. Hmmm.

Recorded in South Australia as host plant for Famegana alsulus (Black-spot Grass-blue Butterfly) (R. Grund, South Australian Butterflies)

Photo: Robert Whyte


Flowers in summer and autumn. Racemes 2-3-flowered in a few distant clusters, each cluster rising from a gland-like node of the peduncle.

Fruit elliptic in outline, 3-5 x c. 7 mm; seed more or less elliptic in outline, smooth. (PlantNET)

Classified as being in FABACEAE (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Phaseoleae subtribe: Diocleinae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae (NPGS/GRIN)

Photo: Robert Whyte