Diplolaena ferruginea Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 1:198 (1971)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Spreading shrub, 0.2-0.6(-1) m high, outer bracts narrowly triangular. Fl. red & green, Jul to Oct. Sand, lateritic gravel, clay. Breakaways, hillslopes, sandplains, coastal limestone.

Helen Coleman, Descriptive Catalogue, 26 May 1998

Scientific Description

Shrub, spines absent; branchlets smooth, without distinct raised glands, +/- cylindrical in cross-section, covered in hairs or scales, the hairs stellate (star-shaped). Leaves opposite, simple, 15-40 mm long, 8-20 mm wide, flat, the margins flat, smooth, without distinct raised glands, covered in hairs or scales, with stellate (star shaped) hairs; stipular excrescences absent. Flowers in a distinct head surrounded by bracts, the outer bracts 12-17 mm long; pedicels 6-12 mm long; calyx minute or absent, smooth, without distinct raised glands; corolla red or green, petals five, 8-9 mm long, imbricate (overlapping), free, hairy on the surfaces; stamens numerous (more than twice as many as petals), 15-20 mm long, smooth, hairy; anthers 1-2 mm long, without an appendage. Flowers in July, August, September and October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Swan Coastal Plain and Geraldton IBRA region(s).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 8 December 2020


IBRA Regions
Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Carnamah, Coorow, Dandaragan, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Three Springs.