Thomasia rulingioides Steud.
Lehm., Pl.Preiss. 1:232 (1845)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Monday 6 October 1997

Erect, open shrub, 0.15-0.45 m high. Fl. pink-purple, May to Oct. White/grey sand over limestone.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Lesueur Sandplain, Perth.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Dandaragan, Irwin, Perth.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Wednesday 15 January 2020

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 5-30 mm long, 2-10 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire or sinuate; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves), 2.5-10 mm long. Perianth of two whorls but the corolla reduced to small scales or tiny lobes at the base of the ovary. Pedicel present, 3.2-3.5 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 3-6 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, stellate hairs present. Calyx pink or purple, 5.5-8 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present, number of ribs present, one. Corolla 0.8-1 mm long, glabrous. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 1.2-1.5 mm long; anthers 2.4-2.8 mm long. Ovary hairs or scales present, stellate hairs present; style 1, with a lobed or capitate stigma, 2.4-2.7 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Flowering time May, June, July, August, September or October. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt or Esperance.