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Eggs and Bacon Pea, Heathy Parrot Pea

Dillwynia retorta

Appearance

  • A low lying or upright shrub in the pea family.
  • Size: up to 3 m high.
  • Leaves: spirally twisted into a straight, needle shape. They are 4 – 12 mm and are hairless.
  • Flowers: yellow with red centres. The flower heads are sometimes tightly clustered and the flower stalk is 0 – 2 cm long.
  • Fruit/seed: pods 4 – 7 mm long with smooth seeds.
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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 (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. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?".

When To Look

  • From late winter through summer
  • Flowers appear from August to December
  • Seed pods appear after flowers

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

Where To Look

  • In heath and dry woodland areas.
  • It is naturally found on the east coast from the Budawang Ranges on the south coast of New South Wales, north and into south-eastern Queensland.

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

Eggs and Bacon Pea Occurrence Map ALA

References

Walther G, Post E, Convey P, Menzel A, Parmesan C, Beebee TJC, Fromentin J, Hoegh-Guldberg O, and Bairlein F 2002. Ecological responses to recent climate change. Nature 416: 389–395.

Morley BD & Toelken HR (eds) 1983. Flowering Plants of Australia. Rigby, Adelaide.

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  1. What Else?

    The red centre to its flowers distinguishes it from any other plant in the pea family.

  1. Did You Know?

    Its species name retorta means turned or twisted, referring to its leaves.

    It is one of the most common pea plants growing on sandstone in Sydney.