Variable Glycine, Vanilla Glycine, Glicine Pea, Glycine Pea.
Presence in Australia
Quite widespread in lower slopes and plains of the region. Previously more common prior to grazing pressures.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Amongst grasses, in open situations and woodland.
Small delicate scrambler or climber.
Prefers open position in dry, well-drained soil and full sun. Tolerates drought. Heavy frost may damage.
Heavily grazed by stock as nutritious and palatable. Generally observed only where grazing is excluded.
Blue to mauve flowers, mainly Sep-May.
Early Oct to late Feb. Monitor closely as seeds released very soon after maturity.
From scarified seed or cuttings. Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak until water cools. Dry to prevent rotting and sow. Germination takes 3-4 weeks. Suitable for direct seeding in pots (2-3 seed per pot).
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. Eaten by butterfly caterpillars.
Liquorice-flavoured taproot reputedly eaten by Kooris.
Attractive groundcover for rockeries.