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Kennedia rubicunda

Dusky Coral Pea at Molonglo Valley, ACT

Kennedia rubicunda at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 1 Mar 2022
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Kennedia rubicunda 2 Mar 2022 MichaelMulvaney
Glycine tabacina 2 Mar 2022 sangio7
Hardenbergia violacea 2 Mar 2022 sangio7

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Only tiny but doing its best to promulgate the species against grassy competitors. What a great season!

8 comments

michaelb wrote:
   2 Mar 2022
Trifioliate leaves - not Hardenbergia violacea.
Tapirlord wrote:
   2 Mar 2022
Could you provide an estimate of the plant's height, please?? I generally agree with Michael that it's not at all typical of Hardenbergia. But I'm really not sure what this could be, doesn't look at all like a glycine sp.
sangio7 wrote:
   2 Mar 2022
It's very small, no more than about 15 cm long and perhaps 5 cm high. I thought it fit the description of G. tabacia in NSW Flora Online pretty well. However just before your comment came in I was having doubts because I forgot that G. tabacina is a scrambler and this one is definitely a twiner, as can be seen at the far left of shot. But is doesn't fir the description of G. clandestina. I look forward to any suggestions you have.
michaelb wrote:
   2 Mar 2022
It looks too big to be Glycine tabacina
Tapirlord wrote:
   2 Mar 2022
Leaves also have a pointed tip, which rules out glycine, those seedpods are bringing me back to Hardenbergia even though it's certainly not typical, but to be honest i'm not sure. Hoping you have some inspiration @MichaelMulvaney :)
   2 Mar 2022
jane russell recorded this species in aranda bushland Kennedia rubicunda (Dusky Coral Pea)
not sure how it got to the pinnacle possibly may be local to the canberra region or moved in a pcs vehicle or other vehicle moving between the two reserves.
Tapirlord wrote:
   3 Mar 2022
Michael to the rescue! Thanks for the context, didn't know we had this species in the ACT :)
sangio7 wrote:
   3 Mar 2022
Yes thanks Michael - what a memory! There are some small inconsistencies such as leaf size and hairiness and size of the pods, but some of that could just be that it's a very young plant or, perhaps, given that it is a nursery plant, it could be a hybrid (?).
As for how it got there, given that you have shown that Gang gangs eat just about anything and they were frequenting the the gardens of Hawker several streets off the reserve last year, I reckon birds are a possible source. There are mature eucalypts around where I found it. [As an aside, it works in reverse, too - I have a Cassinia quinquefaria in my garden that can only have been "planted" by birds and the most likely source is the reserve. I wish they'd planted a C. longifolia instead, which has much nicer flowers :-) ]

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Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush Lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 26 Dec 2021 by sangio7
Arthropodium fimbriatum (Chocolate Lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 25 Dec 2021 by sangio7
Isotoma fluviatilis subsp. australis (Swamp Isotome) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 25 Dec 2021 by sangio7
Hypoxis hygrometrica (Golden Weather-grass) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 25 Dec 2021 by sangio7
Erodium sp. (A Storksbill) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 30 Oct 2021 by sangio7
Stackhousia monogyna (Creamy Candles) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 12 Sep 2021 by pinnaCLE

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