Bossiaea pulchella Meisn.
Lehm., Pl.Preiss. 1:84-85 (1844)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Friday 24 May 1996

Much-branched shrub, 0.4-1.5 m high. Fl. yellow/orange & brown/red, Aug to Sep. Lateritic gravelly soils.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Augusta Margaret River, Beverley, Brookton, Busselton, Chittering, Dardanup, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Nannup, Narrogin, Swan, Wandering, York.

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

Erect, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, opposite, not continuous with stem, 5.5-9.5 mm long, 4-6.5 mm wide, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves. Pedicel present, 2-2.7 mm long, glabrous. Bracteoles 1.5-2.4 mm long, hairy or glabrous. Calyx 4.5-6.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy or glabrous, with simple hairs; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 12-15 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, red or brown, with some yellow, red or brown spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 12-14 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 10-12 mm long, not auriculate, keel 10-11.5 mm long, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; filaments united in an open sheath. Ovary stipitate or sessile or subsessile, glabrous; style 7 mm long, glabrous, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 9-12 mm long, 8-9 mm wide, stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, glabrous, not beaked. Flowers in August and September. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.