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Sphaerolobium benetectum R.Butcher

Nuytsia 13:450-453,Fig.1 (2001)
Conservation Code
Priority Two
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Slender, caespitose shrub, 0.2-1 m high, to 0.45 m wide. Fl. pink & red & yellow, Oct to Nov. White gravelly sandy clay, sandy loam, granite, laterite. Ridges, swamps, undulating rises.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 20 November 2000

Scientific Description

Erect, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 2-3 mm long, 0.4-0.5 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with recurved margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules apparently absent even from the youngest leaves. Pedicel present, 1-1.5 mm long, glabrous. Bracteoles present and persistent. Calyx 2.5-3.5 mm long, not accrescent, glabrous, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 5-6 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, pink or red, with some yellow, pink or red spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 5-5.2 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 3.5-4.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 5.5-6 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 4-4.2 mm long. Ovary stipitate, glabrous; style 7 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in October and November. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Jarrah Forest and Warren IBRA regions. Conservation Code Priority Two (P2).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 24 October 2023


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Collie, Denmark.