A twiggy, upright or spreading shrub to 1 metre high. Leaves are short (usually < 2 centimetres) and very narrow. These leaves are linear and often held close to the stem. Younger leaves and branches are densely hairy and this may persist into maturity. Flowers are broad ‘pea’ flowers of yellow, orange and red, produced in clusters. Flowers of a single colour are occasionally seen. Flowers are followed by tiny, round pods which turn brown at maturity. Each contains 1 or (usually) 2 mottled seeds. Seed sheds swiftly.
Seed is protected by a hard seed coat which must be broken (either by nicking, abrading, or soaking briefly in near-boiling water) before it will germinate. Germinates readily after treatment. May also grow from cuttings.
Chiefly September and October. Sporadic flowering in cooler months.
A major local understorey species. Locations include Willans Hill, Livingstone NP and SCA, The Rock NR, Murraguldrie Flora Reserve, Mates Gully Rd TSR., and many roadsides both east and west of Wagga.
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