Common Name

Sandhill Bitter-pea




Shrub to 1.5m tall.  Branches ending in sharp spines.  'Leaves' alternating up the stems, 0.25-1.1cm long, 1-8mm wide, flat, hairy to rough, sometimes hairless, ending in a sharp point.  Flowers orange-pink to red on the front, purple on the back, with a yellow line on both surfaces, pea-shaped, with 5 petals, 2 almost joined together. Flowers single or in pairs, the stalks arising from the bases of the 'leaves'.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 389

PlantNET description with line drawings of branch and 'leaf':

Photo of shrub. Australian Plant Image Index, photographer Joe McAuliffe, Murray Sunset National Park, SA