Aotus lanea Chappill & C.F.Wilkins

Nuytsia 17:462-464, Fig. 3 (2007)
Conservation Code
Priority One
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Prostrate shrub, to 0.2 m high. Fl. red/orange/brown, Apr or Oct. Grey clayey sand, yellow clay, deep siliceous sand. Edges of salt lakes, valleys.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 24 October 2007

Scientific Description

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 4.5-8 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules apparently absent even from the youngest leaves. Pedicel present, 2.6-3 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 5.5-6 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 8.5-10.2 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, red or brown, with some yellow, red or brown spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 8.4-8.5 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 6.5-7 mm long, not auriculate, keel 6.7-8 mm long, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.6-0.8 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 7.4 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, hairy or glandular; style 7.5-9 mm long, glabrous, flattened at apex. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed. Flowers in April and October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Mallee IBRA regions. Conservation Code Priority One (P1).

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


IBRA Regions
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Western Mallee.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Esperance, Kondinin.