Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Bossiaea arenicola J.H.Ross
Ross, J.H. (1991) Muelleria 7(3): 371. Type: Qld, Cook Dist., 4.3 km E of the Hopevale-Starke road on the track to the McIvor River mouth, 14.vi.1984, J.R.Clarkson 5322; holo: MEL.
Leafy twigs and leaf stalks clothed in pale hairs. Stipules small. Leaf blades about 1-2 x 0.8-2 cm, usually alternate and not spirally arranged on the twigs.
Pods flat, about 1.6-2.6 x 1-1.3 cm, transversely wrinkled. Seeds +/- transverse.
Cotyledons obovate, about 5-6 x 3 mm, 3-veined, apex obtuse, base cuneate, purple on the underside. First pair of leaves elliptic, apex obtuse, base obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly heart-shaped to orbicular; petiole distinctly pulvinate, i.e. with a distinct, almost right angled kink before its attachment to the leaf blade; stipules very small. Seed germination time 50 to 147 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ, found in sand dunes close to sea level. Grows in monsoon forest, beach forest or heathy vegetation on sand dunes.