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Hovea species

Family: Fabaceae

Hovea is a shrub with usually hairy stems. The pea flowers are purple with 10 stamens and a densely hairy calyx (sepals).

There are two species of Hovea growing in the park, Hovea linearis and Hovea longifolia. It is difficult to distinguish positively between them without close examination of the stem hairs and the postition and shape of the flowers and bracteoles.

Hovea linearis is the smaller and more common of the two. It is generally less than 50cm, but seldom more than 1m high. It flowers July-August.

Hovea longifolia grows 1.5 to 2.5 m tall. It flowers August - September.

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