Image of Babingtonia peteriana by Robert Davis Image of Chaetomorpha linum by John Huisman Image of Amyema preissii by Robert Davis Image of Scutellinia scutellata by Neale Bougher

Florabase is a dynamic and interactive resource brought to you by the Western Australian Herbarium that provides information about our State’s extraordinary botanical diversity.

The Western Australian Herbarium acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and waters from where our collections have come, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


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Plant of the Month

May 2022

Guichenotia macrantha (Large-flowered Guichenotia) is an upright, small to medium shrub growing to 1.5 m in height and boasting large crepey, soft pink to mauve flowers.

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Plant of the Month

April 2022

Praecoxanthus aphyllus (Leafless Orchid) grows to 20–40 cm high and produces a single, highly fragrant flower from March to May, making it one of the first orchids to flower in the year.

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New to Nuytsia

The stunning cover for Volume 33 has been unveiled today along with the first batch of papers for 2022.

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Plant of the Month

March 2022

This month we are highlighting the fluffy red seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis (foxtails), which until recently might have gone unnoticed in the marine flora.

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Updated: 1 Mar 2022
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Plant of the Month

February 2022

Cephalotus follicularis (Albany Pitcher Plant) is a compact, carnivorous herb producing a flower stem up to 60 cm tall bearing an inflorescence of 4–5, very small, white-pale green flowers with white petal-like tepals, mauve filaments and white anthers.

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Plant of the Month

January 2022

Pelloe’s Babingtonia is a shrub growing to 0.3–0.6 m high, usually with an open habit and erect slender stems bearing numerous short lateral branchlets.

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New to Nuytsia

Nuytsia finishes with a flourish this year, featuring a publication by the indomitable Dr Barbara Rye.

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Updated: 9 Dec 2021
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Plant of the Month

December 2021

Drosera pulchella (Pretty Sundew) is a common pygmy sundew growing to 3–4 cm high.

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Plant of the Month

November 2021

Stylidium scariosum (Common Reed Triggerplant) is a reed-like perennial herb growing to 10–80 cm high.

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Plant of the Month

October 2021

Cheiranthera simplicifolia is a very inconspicuous shrub except when in flower in late spring, from September to October.

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Plant of the Month

September 2021

Hibbertia miniata (Orange Hibbertia) is a sprawling, multi-stemmed shrub, growing to 20–40 cm high.

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Updated: 28 Sep 2021
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New to Nuytsia

The stars aligned today for Nuytsia with the publication of several new papers.

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Updated: 26 Aug 2021
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Triggerplants (Stylidium spp.) remain front and centre of a broad-ranging research program at the Western Australian Herbarium

Juliet Wege is teaming up with Ben Anderson (WA Herbarium) and Felix Forest (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) to sequence 240 members of the triggerplant family in partnership with Bioplatforms Australia as part of the Genomics for Australian Plants initiative.

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Updated: 17 Aug 2021
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Plant of the Month

August 2021

Siegfriedia, with the single species S. darwinioides, is a monotypic genus in the family Rhamnaceae.

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Updated: 27 Aug 2021
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Plant of the Month

July 2021

Styphelia tortifolia is a low compact shrub, growing to 0.6 m in height and producing a spectacular display of firecracker red, tubular flowers from about June to September.

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