Templetonia retusa (Vent.) R.Br.

Cocky's Tongue

Shrub 1-3 m tall, often waxy-blue. Leaves simple, oblong to obovate, to 4 cm long, 2.5 cm wide, leathery, the tip blunt or notched but with a minute point. Flowers terminal or axillary, red with a strongly reflexed standard, rarely yellow to white; winter and early spring. Fruit pods stalked, linear-oblong, 4-8 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide, slightly flattened.

T. egena (F. Muell.) Benth, Desert Broombush, grows naturally in most states and is occasionally cultivated.


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        Templetonia R.Br.