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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Glycine clandestina
3 synonyms:   Leptolobium clandestinum , Teramnus clandestinus , Triendilix clandestina
Common Name:love creeper , twining glycine
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
30 cm to 2 m high
Foliage:Sparsely scattered dark green leaves divided at central point into 3 stiffly hairy leaflets, on stalks 5-40 mm long. Lower leaflets roundish with rounded tips 0.5-3 cm x 2-10 mm, upper leaflets narrow to oblong 1-8 cm x 2-10 mm, tip pointed or rounded.
Flowers:Small bluish/mauve pea, October-January. Loose sprays of 4-18 small pea flowers on stalks 2-6 cm long in leaf axils.

Light open twining herb with long stems, often not noticed until it flowers.  The dainty sprays of flowers are most attractive.  Very variable in leaf size and shape, hairiness and flower size and colour.

Food plant for caterpillars.

Likes to go in moist well drained soils in forests and grassy woodlands. Partial to dappled shade.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Australian Native Plants Society
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  4. Greening Australia
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. iNaturalist
  8. Grasslands
  9. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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