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Petrophile axillaris Meisn.

Hooker's J.Bot.Kew Gard.Misc. 7:68 (1855)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect, multi-stemmed shrub, to 3 m high. Fl. pink & purple & grey, Sep to Nov. Red, yellow or grey sand over limestone, sandy loams & gravel. Sandplains, gentle slopes, ridges.

Ben Richardson, Descriptive Catalogue, 13 October 2021

Scientific Description

Shrubs, 0.5-3 m high; branchlets hairy, with straight hairs. Leaves alternate, 20-30 mm long, hairy; lamina terete, twice or more divided, pinnately divided, divided to the midrib, with 25-76 points or lobes; distance from base of leaf to lowest lobe 4-7 mm. Inflorescences not viscid, pink or grey. Perianth 14-18 mm long, hairy, the limb apex hairy all over; pistil 14-18 mm long; pollen presenter fusiform, hairy, 4-4.5 mm long. Cone with persistent scales, 10-12 mm long. Flowers in September, October or November. Occurs in the South-west (SW) Botanical Province(s), in the Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA) or Warren (WAR) IBRA subregion(s).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 19 January 2024


IBRA Regions
Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Augusta Margaret River, Cambridge, Carnamah, Claremont, Cockburn, Coorow, Cottesloe, Dandaragan, Gingin, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Joondalup, Mandurah, Rockingham, Stirling, Wanneroo, Waroona.