Hardenbergia violacea (Schneev.) Stearn
Stearn, W.T. (1940) The Journal of Botany 78: 70.
Climbing Morning Glory; Purple Twining Pea; Sarsaparilla, Native; Native Sarsaparilla; Sarsaparilla, False; False Sarsaparilla; Native Woodrose; Sarsaparilla; Pea, Purple Coral; Purple Coral Pea; Pea, Purple Twining
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Calyx tube about 3 mm long, the lobes about 1 mm long except for one pair which are fused together almost completely. Petals: standard about 9 x 10-11 mm, mainly purple except for a green 'eye' near the base; wings about 8 x 3 mm; keel about 6 x 2 mm. Stamens10, one stamen free from the rest which are fused together by their filaments to form a tube 3-4 mm long while the upper sections of the filaments remain free. Ovary about 3-3.5 mm long. Ovules five to seven.
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F.M. Bailey, then Colonial Botanist of Queensland, wrote that the bushmen of that State used Hardenbergia and considered it a valuable medicine. Maiden, however, described its virtues as purely imaginary. Cribb (1981).
May cause a colic-like condition in horses. Unlikely to be palatable. Roots have been used as food by Aborigines. Sometimes cultivated as a garden ornamental. Hacker (1990).