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Alpine Rusty-pods

Hovea montana

Appearance

Description: Low, spreading shrub growing to 15-50 cm high and 1-1.5m in diameter. Stems and branches are densely arranged and covered in small hairs. The hairs are white-grey or brown/tan towards the tip of the branchlets  

Leaves: The leaves are narrow-oblong in shape and between 1-3.2 cm long and 3-7 mm wide. The bases are round and the edges of the leaf are bent downwards. The upper leaf surfaces are green, nearly glossy, hairless and smooth with obvious veins. The lower leaf surfaces are covered with cream, pale tan or orange-tan hairs that become white or grey with age. The leaf stalks are between 2.5-3.7 mm long. 

Flowers: Oct- Dec. Pea-like flowers have petals that are deep mauve in colour. The flowering parts of the alpine rusty-pods are stalkless and usually 2-flowered. The flower stalks are between 2-5 mm long.

Fruits/seeds: The fruits of the alpine rusty-pod consist of a pod that is broad in profile and approximately 10 mm long. The outer surfaces are covered in a golden-brown mat of hairs. The seeds are approximately 4mm long, 1.8 mm wide, and blackish. 

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • Open seed pods containing seeds (record all days)

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. Climate change will directly affect the ecological communities in which this alpine species resides. An increase in temperature and extreme heat events will reduce viable habitat for this species.

Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?"

When To Look

This species can be seen flowering in October through to December with mature fruits present in January to March.  

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!

Where To Look

This species grows at high altitudes in grassy slopes, subalpine heath or in snowgum woodlands across South-eastern Victoria and New South Wales and central Tasmania 

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!

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