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Oxylobium ellipticum

Oxylobium ellipticum (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Mirbelieae
Genus: Oxylobium
Species: Oxylobium ellipticum

Oxylobium ellipticum (Vent.) R.Br., 1811

Pleurandra reticulata Hook.
Callistachys elliptica Vent.
Callistachys purpurea Van Houtte ex Heynh.
Chorizema ellipticum (Vent.) F.Muell.
Gompholobium ellipticum Labill.
Oxylobium argenteum Kunze
Oxylobium ellipticum var. alpinum Maiden & Betche
Oxylobium pulteneae G.Lodd.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Brown, R., 1811. Hortus Kew. ed. 2, 3:10.

Additional references

Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Oxylobium ellipticum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 07. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Oxylobium ellipticum. Published online. Accessed: May 07 2021. 2021. Oxylobium ellipticum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 07.
Hassler, M. 2021. Oxylobium ellipticum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 May 07. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. World Plants. Synonymic Checklist and Distribution of the World Flora. . Oxylobium ellipticum. Accessed: 07 May 2021.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Oxylobium ellipticum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: Common Shaggy Pea

Oxylobium ellipticum, known as the common shaggy-pea is a common small plant in the pea family, found in south-eastern Australia.[1]
Pods with flowers.pods are usually grey brown , rounded ,covered with long silk hairs.


Oxylobium ellipticum is spreading much branched shrub can grow above 2m tall. Leaves are elliptical to 4 cm long, leathery, brown tomentose beneath, dark green, reticulate veins and margins recurved, apex blunt, often with an abrupt point. It has golden yellow pea flowers in dense terminal clusters. Pods 7–8 mm long, rounded, grey-brown, covered with the long silky hairs. Flowering usually take place between the September and January.[2]

This species widespread in montane ecosystems.[2]

Grows frequently on the skeletal soils and organic brown peat on quartzite sand.[2]

Oxylobium ellipticum is endemic to Australia,[2] mostly widespread in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.[2]
Research Article

This research is about the molecular phylogeny study between the species like Oxylobium, Gastrolobium, Brachysema, Jansonia, Nemica and Podolobium is presented. The study was conducted using the chloroplast DNA and nuclear ribosomal DNA. Oxylobium is shown to be polyphyletic, while Gastrobium is paraphyletic containing within it the genera Branchysema, Jansonia and Nemcia, as well as Oxylobium lineare. Molecular traits such as ovule number, fluroacetate content and different morphological was studied. The molecular analysis were compared to each other. The results support the recent monograph that expands Gastrolobium to include Jansonia, Nemica, Brachysema and Oxylobium. The revision of the leaves Oxylobium and Podolobium occurring exclusively in eastern Australia, while Gastrolobium occurs almost exclusively in south western Australia, with only two species, G. brevipes and G. grandiflorum, occurring outside the Australia.[3]
Golden yellow pea flower in the dense terminal cluster.

"Oxylobium ellipticum, PlantNET - NSW Flora Online". Retrieved 2011-02-18.
Wapstra,Simmons, Annie,Marion,Hans (2016). A GUIDE TO FLOWERS AND PLANTS OF TASMANIA. Sydney: Martin Ford. p. 64. ISBN 9781877069475.
CHANDLER, BAYER, GILMO, GREGORY T.,RANDALL J.,SIMON R. (December 2003). "Oxylobium/Gastrolobium (Fabaceae : Mirbelieae) conundrum: further studies using molecular data and a reappraisal of morphological characters". Plant Species Biology. 18 (2–3): 91–101. doi:10.1111/j.1442-1984.2003.00094.x.

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