Chorizema varium Paxton Bush Flame Pea
Paxton's Mag.Bot. 6:115 (1839)

Conservation Code: Threatened Flora (Declared Rare Flora — Extant)
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 29 May 1996

Spreading shrub, ca 0.3 m high. Fl. orange & yellow & red/pink, Jun or Sep to Oct. Sand. Coastal limestone hills & outcrops.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Perth.

IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Gingin.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 December 2020

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, spiny at least in part, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 15-45 mm long, 8-27 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins dentate; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules 1.6-2.8 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 3-4 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present but early deciduous, 1.5-2 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 6-7.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 10-15 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, pink, red or orange, with some yellow, pink, red or orange spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 9-14 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 9-10.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 5-6 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 2.5-4 mm long. Ovary stipitate, hairy or glandular; style 3.5-4 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in September and October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions. Conservation Code Threatened (T).