Lessertia frutescens (L.) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Strelitzia 708 (2000)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 17 August 2007

Erect, soft shrub, to 1.7 m high. Fl. orange/red, Jan. Sand, peaty sand, limestone, laterite. Watercourses, roadsides disturbed areas.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Busselton, Capel, Cunderdin, Greater Geraldton, Jerramungup, Manjimup, Northampton, Wanneroo.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 September 2020

Erect, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems flattened, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, 45-70 mm long, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with recurved margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, leaflets 13-17, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 4.5-6.5 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 2-5 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 7-8.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 17.5-32 mm long, multicoloured, mostly red or orange, with some red or orange spots, streaks or blotches; standard 15-19 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, keel 19-25 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens anthers 1-1.2 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short), 13-21 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, hairy or glandular; style 17.5-24 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, bearded (with a tuft of hairs at apex), terete. Fruit 45-75 mm long, 14-35 mm wide, sessile or subsessile, glabrous. Flowers in January. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Geraldton Sandplains, Avon Wheatbelt and Esperance IBRA regions.