Thomasia purpurea (Aiton) J.Gay
Mém.Mus.Hist.Nat. 7:452 (1821)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 2 October 1996

Erect, slender shrub, 0.3-1.2(-2) m high. Fl. pink-purple, Apr to Jun or Aug to Dec. Sand over limestone or granite or laterite, loam. Seasonally wet areas, plains, ridges, sandy hills.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

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

IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Dandaragan, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Manjimup, Plantagenet, South Perth, Vincent.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Thursday 18 May 2017

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 10-20 mm long, 3-6 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves), 4-15 mm long. Perianth of two whorls but the corolla reduced to small scales or tiny lobes at the base of the ovary. Pedicel present, 3.5-5 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 3.6-7 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, stellate hairs present. Calyx pink or purple, 5-11 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present, number of ribs present, one. Corolla 0.3-1.3 mm long, glabrous. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 1.7-2 mm long; anthers 1.2-2.8 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Ovary hairs or scales present, stellate hairs present; style 1, with a lobed or capitate stigma, 3-3.8 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Flowering time April, May, June, August, September, October, November or December. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Warren or Esperance. Conservation Code Priority One (P1).