Bossiaea eriocarpa Benth. Common Brown Pea
Endl., Fenzl, Benth. & Schott, Enum.Pl. 36 (1837)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Friday 24 May 1996

Erect or straggly & spreading shrub, 0.2-1 m high. Fl. yellow & brown/red, Jul to Nov. Usually on sandy soils.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

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

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Dandaragan Plateau, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Armadale, Bayswater, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Brookton, Broomehill-Tambellup, Bruce Rock, Bunbury, Busselton, Canning, Capel, Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Chittering, Cockburn, Collie, Coorow, Cottesloe, Cranbrook, Cuballing, Dandaragan, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Gingin, Gosnells, Harvey, Irwin, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kojonup, Kwinana, Mandurah, Manjimup, Melville, Moora, Mundaring, Murray, Narrogin, Nedlands, Northam, Northampton, Perth, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Shark Bay, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Tammin, Three Springs, Toodyay, Trayning, Victoria Plains, Wagin, Wandering, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur, Williams, Wongan-Ballidu, Woodanilling, York.

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

Erect or 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, 10-27 mm long, 1.5-4 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with recurved margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 4-4.2 mm long, without glands. Pedicel present, 6-10 mm long, glabrous. Calyx 6.4-8 mm long, not accrescent, hairy or glabrous, with simple hairs; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 10-15 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, red or brown, with some yellow, red or brown spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 9-14 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 8-12 mm long, not auriculate, keel 9.5-12 mm long, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.9-1 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath, 7-11.5 mm long. Ovary stipitate, glabrous; style 10-11 mm long, glabrous, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, not beaked. Flowers in July, August, September, October and November. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Geraldton Sandplains, Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Warren, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.