Hovea acutifolia: Pointed leafed hovia

This plant is adorned with purple flowers in August and is one of the many pea flowered plants that add nitrogen to the soil. It is a shrub common to Australia. Some use them as ornamentals. Found in wet forests and rainforest margins from southeast Queensland to central New South Wales. This small to medium sized shrub grows upwards of 1.5-4 meters tall with dense grey to rusty haired covered stems and branches. They produce a dark green elliptical or lanceolate leaf approx. 70 mm in length x 12 mm in width boasting a rusty appearance. Flowers are pea-shaped with 4 petals, blue to purple in color, hosting a keel and two wings.