Eutaxia microphylla (R.Br.) J.

Black Common Eutaxia

Low, variable shrub, sometimes erect. Leaves opposite, linear to linear-oblong,mostly 1.5-2.5 mm long, to 1 mm wide. Flowers to about 0.5 cm long, solitary or paired; spring. Standard yellow, streaked with red or purple. Keel purple. Fruit pods 4-5 mm long, long-stalked. A prostrate form is available.

Two species from WA are occasionally grown. E. cuneata Meisn., Wedge-leaved Eutaxia, is a small shrub to about 1.5 m tall with leaves to about 1.5 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, wedge-shaped with a blunt tip; flowers solitary in the leaf axils, about 1 cm long, standard and keel orange-yellow with red colourings, spring; fruit pods about 4 mm long. E. obovata (Labill.) C.A. Gardn. is a small to medium, spreading shrub; leaves to about 2 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, linear to obovate; flowers about 2-4 together, each about 1.5 cm long, spring; standard yellow, wings and keel red; fruit pods about 8 mm long. A dwarf form is available.

WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Vic.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
genus        Eutaxia R.Br.