Aotus gracillima Meisn.
Lehm., Pl.Preiss. 1:59 (1844)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Thursday 23 May 1996

Erect slender shrub, 0.6-2(-3) m high. Fl. yellow & red/brown, Aug to Dec. Peaty sand, sandy clay. Swamps, winter-wet flats.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Dandaragan Plateau, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Augusta Margaret River, Bayswater, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Busselton, Canning, Capel, Chittering, Cockburn, Collie, Coorow, Dandaragan, Gingin, Gosnells, Harvey, Kwinana, Manjimup, Melville, Murray, Nannup, Perth, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Swan, Wandering, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 17 January 2020

Erect, 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, 3.5-8.5 mm long, 0.6-1 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, strongly recurved, appearing terete but with one or two grooves below; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules apparently absent even from the youngest leaves. Pedicel present, 0.5-1.7 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 3.5-3.7 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 7.8-10 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, red or brown, with some yellow, red or brown spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 7.8-9.5 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 7-7.3 mm long, not auriculate, keel 7.2-8 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.3-0.4 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 5.5-6 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, hairy or glandular; style 7.5-7.8 mm long, glabrous, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed. Flowers in August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Warren and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.