Gastrolobium latifolium (R.Br.) G.Chandler & Crisp

Austral.Syst.Bot. 15:668 (2002)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Prostrate, trailing shrub, to 0.05 m high. Fl. yellow & red, Aug to Oct or Nov (rarely). White or grey sand with clay or gravel. Near watercourses or wet sites.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 10 February 2004

Scientific Description

Twining or climbing plants. Stems terete, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, continuous with stem, 25-70 mm long, 10-40 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 6-7 mm long, without glands. Pedicel present, (3.5-)4 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present but early deciduous. Calyx 11-14 mm long, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 35-40 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow or red, with some yellow or red spots, streaks or blotches; claws present, glabrous, auriculate, wings 25-28 mm long, auriculate, keel 30-40 mm long, auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 1.5-2 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 30-35 mm long. Ovary stipitate, hairy or glandular; style 26-32 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 15-20 mm long, 6-7 mm wide, stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, hairy, with simple hairs, not beaked. Flowers in August, September and October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Mallee and Esperance IBRA regions.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 4 December 2020


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Fitzgerald, Katanning, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Cranbrook, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Kojonup, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe.