A low spreading plant with long, slender stems, usually creeping or trailing up to 1.5 m. Leaves consist of three clover-like pale green leaflets. Clusters of 4-12 blue to purple pea-like flowers.
Leaves consist of three clover-like leafletswith the end leaflet larger than the two side leaflets. Leaf has a distinct vein at an acute angle to the mid-vein.
The stems grow from a woody, thick root-stock on heavy soils in woodlands. Rhizobium bacteria live in this legume's root nodules and allow the plant to fix nitrogen from the air. Threatened in South Australia.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Aborigines roasted and chewed the liquorice-flavoured taproot. Seed locally dispersed by ants. Hard-coated seed is long-lived (5-25 yrs) and germinates readily once scarified.
G. tabacina and G. clandestina look similar but the length of the leaflet stalks differs. In G. tabacina the middle leaflet has a longer stalk than the two either side. In G. clandestina, all three leaflet stalks are about the same length.