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Threatened species

Yellow-Keeled Swainsona - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Swainsona flavicarinata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Jan 2019


Greyish-green forb to about 45 cm high, the stems bearing coarse white hairs. Leaves composed of 5-9 leaflets, each 10-15 mm long, 5-10 mm wide, hairless above, softly downy beneath. Flowers pea-like, purple, red or pink with a greenish-yellow keel. Pod 10-15 mm long, softly downy.


Not common in NSW, having an outlier population in the Broken Hill-Menindee district in the far western plains. More common in the southern parts of the NT and inland SA.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in deep red sand, recorded from a roadside on a treeless plain in NSW. In central Australia, the species grows in Mulga communities on red earths and on stony soils supporting Bladder Saltbush. Also found on sandy plains and ridges, in grassland, and in watercourses and floodplains near creeks or rock holes.
  • Associated species include Acacia murrayana, A. aneura, Maireana aphylla, Atriplex vesicaria, Triodia, Solanum and Euphorbia spp.
  • Flowers from June to October.
  • Recorded as infrequent to locally common in populations.
  • It is not known if fire is influential in promoting germination, although the species has been recorded in burnt areas in SA.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Other StateSA Known None