Grey Parrot-pea (Dillwynia cinerascens)

The clustered flowers and long narrow leaves, without hairs or spines, leads me to believe this is a Grey Parrot-pea. While not dramatic, the dorsal petal is wider than it is high.

Continuing my quest to work out the difference between all of the native pea plants growing in our bushland, my best guess is this one is a Grey Parrot-pea.   From my reading, they have clusters of up to ten flowers, which are ‘sessile’ or  appearing to be without a stem.  The leaves are long and narrow, hairless, and don’t have spines at the point.  They also lack ‘peeduncles’ which are small spurs that appear at the base of the leaves.

Parrot-pea flowers have dorsal petals wider than they are high, and while this one is a bit more debatable than some of the other parrot-peas I’ve found here, it is still slightly wider than it is high.  The flowers are just delightful in bright showy clusters.

I know some of you are more knowledgeable about native pea flowers than I am, so I’d appreciate confirmation that my identification is correct.  Or, if you believe it is a different species, please tell me which one!  In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the photographs.


A closer look at one of the flower clusters.

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