Mat-forming perennial, herb, to 0.2 m high. Fl. blue-purple, May or Jul. Black clayey sand. Along drainage depressions in crabhole plains on river floodplains.
Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.
IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara.
IBRA Subregions: Fortescue, Hamersley, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pentecost, Roebourne.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ashburton, Derby/west Kimberley, Halls Creek, Karratha.
Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, herb. Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, not continuous with stem, 20-125 mm long, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present but early deciduous ( only visible on youngest leaves ), 4-4.5 mm long, without glands, ribbed. Pedicel present, 1 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present and persistent, 1-1.5 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 5.5-7 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 8-9.5 mm long, multicoloured, mostly purple or blue, with some purple or blue spots, streaks or blotches; claws absent; standard 6-8 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 7-7.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 5-6 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.3 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen, 5-6.5 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, glabrous; style 6-7 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, not beaked. Flowers in May and July. Occurs in the Northern and Eremaean Botanical Province, in the Pilbara, Central Kimberley and Ord-Victorian-Plain IBRA regions. Conservation Code Priority Three (P3).
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