Bossiaea linophylla R.Br.

W.T.Aiton, Hort.Kew. Ed.2,4:268 (1812)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect shrub, (0.4-)0.7-2.2 m high. Fl. yellow & red, Jul to Dec. Sandy soils. Coastal limestone & dunes, granite rocks.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 24 May 1996

Scientific Description

Erect, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 15-34 mm long, 1-3.3 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. Pedicel present, 5-11 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles 1.2-2.5 mm long, hairy. Calyx 3.7-4.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 7.5-11 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow or red, with some yellow or red spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 7-7.2 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 6.2-7 mm long, not auriculate, keel 6-6.5 mm long, not auriculate, hairy at least in part. Stamens ten; anthers 0.3 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath, 5.2-6 mm long. Ovary stipitate, glabrous; style 5-6 mm long, glabrous, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 15-16 mm long, 5-6 mm wide, stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, glabrous. Flowers in July, August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Warren, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.

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


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Katanning, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Busselton, Collie, Cranbrook, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gnowangerup, Harvey, Kojonup, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet, West Arthur.