Plant of the Month — July 2006
Lechenaultia linarioides DC. — Yellow Leschenaultia
This Plant of the Month is for bushwalkers as, although it reaches heights of up to 1.5m, this open, sprawling shrub generally prefers to be nestled among other shrubs and is not likely to be seen from a moving vehicle. As with all Lechenaultias, its stems are delicate and its foliage is fine and pale, which helps to offset the glorious colours of the flowers of the genus. This particular species displays flower colours in various depths of yellow and red that make it a gem in the bush during winter and spring.
A member of the Goodeniaceae family Lechenaultia linarioides can be found over a wide area and is happy growing on coastal sands and limestone hills and sandplains. Its range extends from Perth to Shark Bay and inland to Mingenew and near Mullewa.
The genus Lechenaultia was named by Robert Brown for Jean Baptiste Louis Claude Theodore Leschenault de la Tour (1773–1826). In the process of publishing the name, an error was made when the letter ‘s’ was accidentally omitted and the genus then had to be spelled as Lechenaultia; the common name, however, uses the intended spelling. The species name, linarioides, comes from the Latin linearis -linear + oides -like, and refers to the leaves of this species. This plant is often available at local wildflower nurseries and can not only add colour, but also an historical point of interest to local gardens.
Photo: K.C. Richardson
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