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Species profile—Chamaecrista maritima

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Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → CaesalpiniaceaeChamaecrista maritima

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Species details

Kingdom
Plantae (plants)
Class
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Family
Caesalpiniaceae
Scientific name
Chamaecrista maritima Pedley
WildNet taxon ID
3060
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Back on Track (BoT) status
High
Conservation significant
No
Confidential
No
Endemicity
Native
Pest status
Nil
Short Notes
BRI 305723, handwriting of author
Description
Chamaecrista maritima is a tufted or prostrate perennial growing to 15cm high. The stems have sparse, crisped hairs. The stipules (bracts at the base of the leaf) are 2-3 mm long. The leaves are divided into 15-30 pairs of leaflets. The leaflets are attached to a 2-4 cm long rachis. The leaflets are oblong, sometimes overlapping, 3.3-6.6mm long, 1-1.6mm wide and hairless or with a few hairs on the underside. The leaf stalks (petioles) are 1.5-3mm long and have an elliptic-shaped gland 0.3-0.5mm long.
Clusters of 1-3 flowers occur above the point where the leaf stalk joins the stem, on stalks (peduncles) 0.6-2.5cm long. The flower petals are yellow, more or less egg-shaped, attached by the narrow end, and 8-10.5mm long. The seed pods are 3-5cm long, 3.5-4.5mm wide, and sparsely hairy.
The nearest relative in the area is Chamaecrista nomame which differs in that it is an erect plant with stipules 4-10 mm long and leaf rachis 4-10 mm long. (ABRS 2008; Wiecek 2008)
Distribution
Chamaecrista maritima is found along coastal areas from Double Island Point, south-east Queensland and south to Port Macquarie, New South Wales. (Queensland Herbarium 2008; Wiecek 2008).
Distributional limits
-25.9314203, 153.084387
-28.0900672, 153.4594032
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Habitat
Chamaecrista maritima grows in open situations on grassy windswept headlands and hillsides near the sea. It also occurs in open eucalypt forest, wallum heath, grassy shrubland and sandstone rocks. It occurs mainly on sandy soils and near sandstone rocks. (Queensland Herbarium 2008; Wiecek 2008).
Behaviour
Little is known about the ecology of Chamaecrista maritima.
Reproduction
Little is known about the biology of Chamaecrista maritima.
Notes
Contributors: Ailsa Holland 11/10/2009; Danielle Hansen 16/10/2009
References
ABRS (2008). Chamaecrista maritima, in Flora of Australia online. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. Accessed 07/10/2008. http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/online-resources/flora/stddisplay.xsql?pnid=1826.
Queensland Herbarium (2008). Chamaecrista maritima, in HERBRECS Database. Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Brisbane. Accessed 26/09/2008.
Wiecek. B (2008). Chamaecrista maritima, in PlantNET - The Plant Information Network System of Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia. Accessed 07/10/2008. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Chamaecrista~maritima
Profile author
Danielle Hansen (16/10/2009)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0
https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species/?op=getspeciesbyid&taxonid=3060

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
7 September 2021
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