Herbs & Plants

Daviesia horrida

Botanical Name:Daviesia horrida
Family: Fabaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Fabales
Genus: Daviesia
Species: D. horrida

Synonyms: Daviesia latifolia. R.Br.

Common Names: Prickly bitter-pea

Habitat: Daviesia horrida is native to Australis – New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. It grows in the shrubby understorey of forest in hilly terrain between Bindoon, Busselton and the Pallinup River in the Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain and Warren biogeographic regions of south-western Western Australia.

Daviesia horrida is a glabrous, spreading shrub that typically grows to a height of 0.5–1.8 mm (0.020–0.071 in) and has rigid, spiny, often leafless branchlets. The phyllodes, when present are narrowly elliptic to linear, 18–130 mm (0.71–5.12 in) long and 1.5–20 mm (0.059–0.787 in) wide. The flowers are borne in a raceme of three to ten flowers in leaf axils on a peduncle about 1 mm (0.039 in) long, the rachis 1–20 mm (0.039–0.787 in) long, each flower on a pedicel 1–7 mm (0.039–0.276 in) long with overlapping bracts about 1.7 mm (0.067 in) long at the base. The sepals are 4.5–5.0 mm (0.18–0.20 in) long and joined at the base with five equal lobes. The standard petal is broadly elliptic, 8–9 mm (0.31–0.35 in) long and orange with a dark red centre, the wings 6.5–7.5 mm (0.26–0.30 in) long and dark red, and the keel 5–6 mm (0.20–0.24 in) long and dark red. Flowering occurs from July to September and the fruit is a flattened, triangular and beaked pod 15–18 mm (0.59–0.71 in) long.


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Propagation: Through seeds.

Edible Uses: Not known.

Medicinal Uses: Febrifuge, tonic and vermifuge. Used as a hop substitute. – check if this is medicinal, beer making or eating

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