Hovea elliptica (Sm.) DC. Tree Hovea
Prodr. 2:115 (1825)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 19 June 1996

Slender, erect shrub or tree, (0.4-)0.6-3 m high. Fl. blue-purple/white, Aug to Dec. Laterite, gravel, clay loam, sandy loam, sandy soils. Rocky slopes, granite outcrops, stabilized sand dunes, slopes, ridges.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Busselton, Cranbrook, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 December 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, 30-100 mm long, 6-35 mm wide, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules apparently absent even from the youngest leaves or present and persistent to older leaves. Pedicel present, 6-6.5 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present and persistent, 1.5-2 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 5-6.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 11-17 mm long, multicoloured, mostly purple or blue, with some purple or blue spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 10.2-15 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 8-11 mm long, not auriculate, keel 7.2-8.5 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.5-0.8 mm long, all at the same level (filaments all the same loength) or at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen, 5-6.5 mm long. Ovary glabrous; style 7.5-8 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 8-12 mm long, 6-7 mm wide, stipitate or sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, glabrous, not beaked. Flowers in 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.