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Image of Babingtonia peteriana by Robert Davis Image of Chaetomorpha linum by John Huisman Image of Amyema preissii by Robert Davis Image of Scutellinia scutellata by Neale Bougher

Florabase is a dynamic and interactive resource brought to you by the Western Australian Herbarium that provides information about our State’s extraordinary botanical diversity.

The Western Australian Herbarium acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and waters from where our collections have come, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


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Plant of the Month

February 2024

Gomphrena flaccida is an erect, single-stemmed annual growing to 1 m high with masses of globe-shaped, bright pink-purple flowers that are clustered in dense, terminal spikes.

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Plant of the Month

January 2024

The distinctive feature of this grass is the inflorescence, a dense ovoid panicle with protruding awns resulting in a relatively soft hedgehog-like appearance.

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Plant of the Month

December 2023

Shining Sundew is a diminutive, carnivorous herb growing to around 20 mm high and 10 mm wide.

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Plant of the Month

November 2023

Wonnich is generally an erect shrub growing to 3–4 m tall, but occasionally forms a tree to 7 m tall.

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Plant of the Month

October 2023

Albany Catspaw is a perennial herb with strappy, grey-green leaves growing to about 30–40 cm high, with flower stems covered in reddish hairs and about 80 cm tall.

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Updated: 19 Oct 2023
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Plant of the Month

September 2023

Magnificent Prostanthera is part of the mint family (Lamiaceae) and has sweetly scented leaves when crushed.

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Plant of the Month

August 2023

Lechenaultia macrantha (Wreath Leschenaultia) is a small, ground-hugging, sparsely branched shrub growing to around 50 cm high.

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Updated: 1 Sep 2023
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New to Nuytsia

Research published today includes a new slime mould for Western Australia along with three new Styphelia species and two new fungi records.

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Plant of the Month

July 2023

Lachnostachys verbascifolia var. verbascifolia (Lambs’ Tails) is a tall, stout shrub growing to 2 m high.

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Updated: 1 Sep 2023
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Plant of the Month

June 2023

Shell-leaved Hakea is a compact lignotuberous shrub growing to 1 m high, with white to sometimes pale pink flowers from June to August.

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Updated: 1 Sep 2023
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Plant of the Month

May 2023

Drosera bulbosa (Red-Leaved Sundew) is a tuberous, perennial herb growing to 30mm high, featuring pure white flowers sitting atop a rosette of up to 12 golden yellow to red leaves.

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Updated: 1 Sep 2023
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New to Nuytsia

Newly described species of Acacia (Fabaceae), Acrotriche (Ericaceae) and Amanita (Basidiomycota) are among the research published today.

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