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Australian purple coral pea Hardenbergia is a small genus of three species, the most common and best known of which is Hardenbergia violacea.                              This is a widespread species occurring here in New South Wales, also Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Occurs in a variety of habitats, usually in open forest/woodland and sometimes in heath. <br />
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Presenting as a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants but it rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage. The leaves are dark, flat, glossy green and lanceolate, 75 to 100 mm in length. The flowers, which appear in late winter and spring, are usually violet in colour but pink, white and other colours are sometimes found. The flowers are the typical &#039;pea&#039; shape seen in plants within family Fabaceae.  <br />
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Each tiny flower measures just 7 mm in diameter. Photographed in natural setting. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/119801/australian_purple_coral_pea.html" title="Australian purple coral pea"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/119801_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1636588810&Signature=0oNuUf0fpu4Y4xjGgAzbMG8yB8Y%3D" width="200" height="130" alt="Australian purple coral pea Hardenbergia is a small genus of three species, the most common and best known of which is Hardenbergia violacea. This is a widespread species occurring here in New South Wales, also Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Occurs in a variety of habitats, usually in open forest/woodland and sometimes in heath.<br />
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Presenting as a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants but it rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage. The leaves are dark, flat, glossy green and lanceolate, 75 to 100 mm in length. The flowers, which appear in late winter and spring, are usually violet in colour but pink, white and other colours are sometimes found. The flowers are the typical &#039;pea&#039; shape seen in plants within family Faboideae.<br />
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Each tiny flower measures just 7 mm in diameter. <br />
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Australian purple coral pea

Hardenbergia is a small genus of three species, the most common and best known of which is Hardenbergia violacea. This is a widespread species occurring here in New South Wales, also Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Occurs in a variety of habitats, usually in open forest/woodland and sometimes in heath.

Presenting as a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants but it rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage. The leaves are dark, flat, glossy green and lanceolate, 75 to 100 mm in length. The flowers, which appear in late winter and spring, are usually violet in colour but pink, white and other colours are sometimes found. The flowers are the typical 'pea' shape seen in plants within family Fabaceae.

Each tiny flower measures just 7 mm in diameter. Photographed in natural setting.

Australian purple coral pea Hardenbergia is a small genus of three species, the most common and best known of which is Hardenbergia violacea. This is a widespread species occurring here in New South Wales, also Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Occurs in a variety of habitats, usually in open forest/woodland and sometimes in heath.<br />
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Presenting as a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants but it rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage. The leaves are dark, flat, glossy green and lanceolate, 75 to 100 mm in length. The flowers, which appear in late winter and spring, are usually violet in colour but pink, white and other colours are sometimes found. The flowers are the typical 'pea' shape seen in plants within family Faboideae.<br />
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Each tiny flower measures just 7 mm in diameter. <br />
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    comments (5)

  1. Absolutely stunning! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks Christine, so glad you enjoyed. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Wow! That is an amazing photo and flower! Definitely one of the best flower photos I've ever seen! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Very kind Wesley. Stunning little flowers aren't they - is it me or do they 'glow'? Posted 2 months ago
  3. Today's Facebook post:

    The stunning Hardenbergia violacea has many common names, including false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac, and waraburra. Native to Australia, it's distribution is widespread from Queensland to Tasmania. Plus, it grows in a variety of habitats--forested, coastal, mountainous, heath, and even in gardens!

    As an evergreen climber, it grows to 6 m (20 ft) or more! The seeds, which get dispersed by ants, must undergo scarification before germination can occur. And, after a wildfire, the plant regrows from the roots.

    This amazing plant is clearly as vigorous as it is beautiful! {Photo credit: Ruth Spigelman; NSW, Australia} #JungleDragon #Hardenbergiaviolacea

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 2 months ago

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''Hardenbergia violacea'' is a species of flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. It is known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac and waraburra. Elsewhere it is also called vine lilac or lilac vine.

Similar species: Fabales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jul 27, 2021. Captured Jul 27, 2021 11:50 in 166 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/20.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm