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Threatened species

Clover Glycine - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Glycine latrobeana
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 02 Oct 2015
Profile last updated: 21 Sep 2021


The Clover Glycine is a low-growing herb growing to only a few cm high. Leaves are split into three, like a classic clover leaf, 5–20 mm long and 4–12 mm wide. The species generally flowers in spring in the lower elevation parts of its range and in summer in higher elevation areas. Up to eight small, compact, deep purple flowers are borne on ‘stems’ 5–10 cm long. Seed pods are 20–25 mm long and 5 mm wide, dark brown and contain 3–5 ovoid, smooth, dark brown seeds.


The Clover Glycine is endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it is widely distributed from Port Pirie in South Australia, through much of Victoria to near Hobart in Tasmania. It was recently discovered in Kosciuszko National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Clover Glycine occurs mainly in grassland and grassy woodland habitats, less often in dry forests, and only rarely in heathland. Populations occur from sea level to c. 1,200 m altitude 6 (900 m in Tasmania). In Victoria, plants grow in a range of soil types including alluvial soils, and those derived from sandstones, mudstones, granite and basalt. Soils are usually clay, but may also have high loam content. Tasmanian populations occur on a well-drained basalt, dolerite or sandstone substrates (Lynch 1994). The NSW population is in subalpine grassland (at about 1300 m asl).

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None
Other StateSA Known None