Lawrencia squamata Nees
Pl.Preiss. 1:242 (1845)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 24 September 1996

Erect, rounded, spinescent shrub, 0.2-1(-1.5) m high. Fl. white-yellow/red-purple, mostly Aug to Dec or Jan. Sandy soils, gypsum, limestone. Saline flats & depressions, tidal flats & coastal inlets, salt lakes.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Hampton, Little Sandy Desert, Mallee, Murchison, Nullarbor, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Carnegie, Central, Central band, Nullarbor Plain, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Mallee, Eastern Murchison, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Hampton, Lesueur Sandplain, Mackay, Mardabilla, Perth, Recherche, Shield, Southern Cross, Tallering, Trainor, Western Mallee, Western Murchison.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Canning, Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Corrigin, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Dumbleyung, Dundas, East Pilbara, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Gosnells, Greater Geraldton, Jerramungup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kent, Kondinin, Koorda, Kulin, Lake Grace, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Marshall, Murchison, Perenjori, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Sandstone, Swan, Three Springs, Wiluna, Wongan-Ballidu, Yalgoo, Yilgarn.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 29 August 2017

Shrub. Stems glabrous or scaly. Leaves 3-5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; indumentum presentwith scales; stipules present and persistent to older leaves. Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel absent (flower sessile). Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx 3-3.2 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, scales present. Corolla yellow, white, red or purple, 3.2-4 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 0-0.2 mm long; anthers 0-0.4 mm long. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 3.2-4 mm long, with one or numerous style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Flowering time January, August, September, October, November or December. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean or South-West, IBRA Bioregion Great Sandy Desert, Gascoyne, Yalgoo, Murchison, Great Victorian Desert, Coolgardie, Nullarbor, Hamton, Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt, Mallee or Esperance.