Thomasia pygmaea (Turcz.) Benth. Tiny Thomasia
Fl.Austral. 1:257 (1863)

Conservation Code: Priority Three
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 2 October 1996

Low shrub, 0.05-0.3 m high. Fl. blue-purple-pink, Aug to Oct. Stony sandy loam, clayey sand. Marine plains.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Mallee.

IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Recherche, Western Mallee.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Esperance, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Wednesday 15 January 2020

Shrub. Stems glabrous or scaly. Leaves 7-10 mm long, 5-10 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; indumentum presentwith scales; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth of two whorls but the corolla reduced to small scales or tiny lobes at the base of the ovary. Pedicel present, 8-9 mm long; indumentum present, with scales. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 1.5-2 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum presentwith scales. Calyx pink, blue or purple, 7-10 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, scales present, number of ribs present, one. Corolla glabrous. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 1.8-2 mm long; anthers 1.5-1.8 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Ovary hairs or scales present; style 1, with a lobed or capitate stigma, 1-2 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous, wing present. Flowering time August, September or October. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Mallee or Esperance. Conservation Code Priority Three (P3).