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Kennedia nigricans Lindl.
Black Kennedia

Edwards's Bot.Reg. 20: Tab. 1715 (1835)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Mixed (Native in Part of Range, Naturalised Elsewhere)
Name Status

Trailing or twining shrub or climber, to 4 m high. Fl. black & yellow/orange, Jul to Nov. Sandy soils. Coastal dunes, creek edges, flats.

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, 70-180 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 and persistent to older leaves, 4.5 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 13-15 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 12-14 mm long, not accrescent, glabrous, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 30-33 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, orange or black, with some yellow, orange or black spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 22-27 mm long, glabrous, auriculate, wings 28-30 mm long, not auriculate, keel 27 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 1 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen, 24-28 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, hairy or glandular; style 26-27 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 46-70 mm long, 7-8 mm wide, sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, hairy, with simple hairs, not beaked. Flowers in July, August, September, October and November. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.

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


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Esperance, Harvey, Jerramungup, Murray, Ravensthorpe, Swan, Wanneroo.