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Kennedia microphylla Meisn.

Lehm., Pl.Preiss. 1:91 (1844)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Prostrate, mat-forming shrub, 0.05-0.3 m high, to 1.5 m wide. Fl. red, Aug to Dec. Clay loam, sandy soils. Swampy areas, coastal slopes.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 23 July 1996

Scientific Description

Twining or climbing plants, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, not continuous with stem, 13-20 mm long, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with recurved margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 5.5 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 3.5 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 4-4.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 9.5-10 mm long, uniformly coloured, red; claws present; standard 9.5-10 mm long, glabrous, auriculate, wings 7-8.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 7.5-8 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.4 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen, 6.5-8.6 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, glabrous; style 9-10 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 21-25 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, hairy, with simple hairs, not beaked. Flowers in August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 24 October 2023


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Katanning, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Donnybrook-Balingup, Esperance, Katanning, Kojonup, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Serpentine-Jarrahdale.