Tephrosia rosea F.Muell. ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1864) Flora Australiensis 2: 211. Type: N. Australia. Montague Sound, N.W. coast, A. Cunningham; Victoria river and Depot Creek, F. Mueller.
Flinders River Poison
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.
Terminal leaflet slightly longer than the lateral leaflets. Leaflet blades about 6-52 x 2-13 mm. Leaflet stalks about 1-8 mm long. Stipules about 2-3 mm long. Lateral veins about 10-15 on each side of the midrib running +/- parallel to one another from the midrib towards the leaflet blade margin. Both the upper and lower leaflet blade surfaces densely clothed in pale appressed hairs.
Flowers about 7 mm diam Calyx densely clothed in sericeous hairs. Calyx tube about 1.5 mm long, lobes unequal, up to 2 mm long. Corolla about 7.5 mm long. Stamens10, the filaments of nine stamens fused to form a tube long open on one side. The filament of one stamen completely free from the others. Stamens alternately long and short. Ovary hairy, elongated. Ovules about seven per ovary.
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This species has been used as a fish poison. Kenneally et al. (1995). Unpalatable, but despite its common name, there is no evidence that it is toxic to stock. Has been used as a fish poison. Hacker (1990).