Grampians Bitterpea  |  

Daviesia laevis

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

The GrampianÕs bitter-pea is a perennial shrub which grows to 2-4 m tall. It has smooth, arching,
Ôfrosted-lookingÕ branches. Its phyllodes (modified leaves) are narrow, grey-green, slightly
flexible and leathery, with a prominent midrib. Its flowers grow in sets of five to 15 evenly
spaced, tiny pea-flowers along a stem, with about three such stems per branch. Flowers have
orange-yellow petal clusters around a brownish-red-marked centre. Flowering occurs from
October to November. Fruits appear in January and are straw to light brown in colouring, tightly
packed together and triangular in shape. The seeds are compressed, round and red-brown in
colour with black mottling.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Daviesia laevis

    Threat factor Threat Threat Evidence base type status Fire Fire known current Too frequent fire that doesn t allow plants to sexually frequency mature (and replenish the seed bank) may cause local extinction; as has been suggested at Mount Cole SF (Crisp; 1991 Murphy et al.; 2006).