Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Bossiaea stephensonii

Common name

A Bossiaea



Where found

Dry forest, woodland, and heath, often on exposed rocky sites. Coastal north from Wollongong.


Shrub to about 1 m tall. Leaves with curved sharp tips. Stems flat, with ridges running down from the leaves, often with narrow wings, sparsely to moderately hairy, sometimes young growth with long, fine hairs. Leaves alternating up the stems, 0.7-2.5 cm long, 2-10 mm wide. Flowers 8–12 mm long, pea shaped, with 5 petals, 2 joined together to form the keel. Front of standard petal bright yellow with reddish markings, back mostly red. Wings reddish at the base, otherwise yellow. Keel pink grading to dark red.

PlantNET description:   (accessed 5 January, 2021)

Description partly based on Thompson, I.R., (2012) A revision of eastern Australian Bossiaea (Fabaceae: Bossiaeae). Muelleria 30(2): 148-149, Figs 10, 11 (map)